For alumnus Tyrone Smith, a third trip to the Olympics

Tyrone Smith, a 2007 history graduate, will compete in the Olympics next month in Rio De Janiero.

Tyrone Smith, a 2007 history graduate, will compete in the Olympics next month in Rio De Janiero.

A decade ago, Tyrone Smith was in the process of completing one of the top careers by a student-athlete at Missouri S&T, one that saw him earn three All-America awards in the long jump and finish as the national runner-up on two occasions.

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Running his own race

Chayce Boyce competes during the 2015 Dewey Allgood Invitational at Allgood-Bailey Stadium. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Chayce Boyce competes during the 2015 Dewey Allgood Invitational at Allgood-Bailey Stadium. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

When 400-meter hurdler Chayce Boyce steps up to the starting line during a track meet, he’s not thinking about the spectators in the stands or even the runners he is competing against. He’s focused only on running his own race.

His mental mantra ‘Just run your race; don’t focus on anyone else’ has gotten him through countless races. But Boyce says it’s not all a mental game—it’s a game of repetition.

“Repetition cuts down on errors,” says Boyce, a junior in engineering management from De Soto, Missouri. “Depending on the hurdles, you can lose a race by one misstep, so I practice a lot to develop my technique. [Read more…]

S&T Olympian finishes 15th in long jump at Beijing

Former Missouri S&T All-America performer Tyrone Smith narrowly missed
earning a berth in the finals of the long jump competition Saturday, finishing
in 15th place overall in the qualifying rounds of the event at the XXIX Olympic
Games.

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Miners’ Tyrone Smith heading to Beijing for Olympics

 

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