Arkansas State alum Camryn Newton-Smith will represent Australia in 2024 Olympics


JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – A Red Wolf will howl in Paris.

Camryn Newton-Smith was selected to the 2024 Australia Olympic Team on Monday. Newton-Smith had a impressive resume in the women’s heptathlon, winning the Oceania Athletics Championships in June. She racked up 6070 points in the seven events in Fiji. Newton-Smith captured gold in the Australian Championships in April with a personal best 6180 points.

The Arkansas State alum qualified for the Olympics by finishing 19th in the Road to Paris 24 rankings. The qualification period ended June 30th, the top 24 athletes in the event punched tickets to Paris.

The Olympic women’s heptathlon is scheduled for August 8th and 9th, the events are as follows: 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 meters, long jump, javelin, 800 meters.

Newton-Smith had a decorated career in Jonesboro. She was a three-time All-American, the 2023 Sun Belt Outdoor Performer of the Year, and captured four conference championships in four different events (2023 outdoor heptathlon, 2022 javelin, 2020 indoor pentathlon, 2020 indoor 60m hurdles).

She becomes the 12th Arkansas State athlete to reach the pinnacle of track and field.

Arkansas State Track & Field at The Olympics

1972: Thomas Hill (110m hurdles – bronze medal)

1976: Ed Preston (4x100m relay)

1976, 1984, 1988: Earl Bell (pole vault – bronze medal in 1984)

1984: Al Joyner (triple jump – gold medal)

1988: Patterson Johnson (triple jump – Bahamas)

1992 & 1996: Franck Waota (200m, 4x100m relay – Ivory Coast)

1996 & 2008: Jeff Hartwig (pole vault)

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2000: Chad Harting (pole vault)

2000 & 2004: Kellie Suttle (pole vault)

2000: Ruhan Isim (pole vault – Turkey)

2000: Mesut Yavas (long jump – Turkey)

2024: Camryn Newton-Smith (heptathlon – Australia)

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