Red Raiders, Lady Raiders Wrap Up Tyson Invitational|
Lady Raider Cierra White clocked the Big 12's leading time in the 200-meter dash Saturday.
Feb. 15, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – As she has done so often in the past, Lady Raider sprinter Cierra White helped to jumpstart the Texas Tech track and field program early Saturday in the final day of competition at the 2014 Tyson Invitational.
Competing in the very first race of the afternoon, White edged out Brittany Brown from Iowa on the final straightaway of the Randal Tyson track to capture the opening heat of the 200-meter dash with a career-best time of 23.43 seconds.
The performance marked the second-fastest 200-meter dash in school history. It also jumped her into the Big 12 lead in the event, and the top-10 nationally.
“It was good to come here against some good competition and some of the best schools in the nation,” White said shortly after the race. “I was happy to get a chance to compete with them. I’m really proud of myself. I just tried to go out there and run the best race I could. I just did my best.”
White, a 2013 outdoor All-American in the 100-meter dash, now owns four of the top-5 times in the event in Tech history.
Later on the track, she helped the Lady Raider 4x400 relay team to a second place finish in a fiercely competitive field. The relay squad, comprised of Christen Rivers, White, Amoy Blake and Montenae Roye-Speight, crossed the line with a time of 3:34.15 – which ranks as the fourth-fastest in school history. The Lady Raiders have now clocked a top-5 time in school history in back-to-back meets as they recorded a season-best of 3:34.08 at the New Mexico Classic last weekend.
That time entered the Tyson Invitational at No. 5 on the IAAF World Rankings for the 2014 indoor season.
Meanwhile, Tech junior Kyal Meyers took home a season-best performance in the championship division of the men’s pole vault. Meyers passed on the opening height of the competition before clearing 5.16-meters (16-feet -11 inches) on his third and final try.
Following his first clearance of the day, Meyers turned around and sailed over a bar set at 5.26m (17’-3”) on his first attempt.
With the season-best performance he finished fifth in the competition after missing on three attempts at 5.36m (17’-7.00”).
Earlier on the infield, Red Raider sophomore Kyle Thompson turned in an impressive performance in the college division of the men’s pole vault. Thompson, who finished fifth in the event at the 2013 Big 12 Indoor Championships, cleared 5.01m (16’-5.25”) on his third attempt to finish eighth in the competition.
Thompson is the second Red Raider this season to clear a bar over 5-meters. Teammate Josh Sonnen followed in 10th clearing 4.86m (15’-11.25”).
At the UNM Don Kirby Collegiate Elite, junior thrower Kole Weldon won the men’s shot put competition with a throw of 19.76m (64’-10.00”). It marked his third win of the season in the event.
Texas Tech will return to the track next weekend as the program is scheduled to send athletes to the Alex Wilson Invitational. The Big 12 Indoor Championships are scheduled for the following week, Feb. 28 – March 1 in Ames, Iowa.