White Turns in Historic Performance at UTEP Invite

Lady Raider sophomore Cierra White broke two school records in a dominant performance at UTEP.

March 24, 2013

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EL PASO, Texas - Texas Tech sophomore sprinter Cierra White turned both a dominant and historic performance Saturday at the annual UTEP Invitational breaking the school 200-meter dash record and taking the national lead in the 100-meter.

White, a 2013 Indoor All-American in the 4x400 relay, continued her stellar outdoor campaign Saturday  sweeping both events in record-breaking fashion. The Philadelphia native opened the single-day with a nation-leading time of 11.09 seconds in the 100-meter, before breaking the school record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.91 seconds.

White's time in the 100-meter dash is the fastest in school history and will count for 2013 qualifying purposes, though due to a 3.7 meters-per-second wind reading will not stand as a school record historically. With a 0.6 meters-per-second reading in the 200-meter dash, her time in that event will remain a school record. 

The performance highlighted a full day of action for the No. 16 Red Raiders and No. 17 Lady Raiders Saturday at Kidd Field in El Paso.  Tech picked up five first place finishes on the day as the program now shifts its sights set on the annual Texas Relays scheduled for March 27-30 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

Preceding White's historic showing on the track, Lady Raider freshman Hannah Carson turned in yet another historic showing in the javelin throw Saturday. Carson won the event by over 25-feet with a throw of 49.55-meters (162'-7.00").  The throw ranks third all-time at Texas Tech while Carson now owns each of the top-three marks in the event after recording the No. 2 mark in school history last weekend at the Aztec Invitational. 

In the men's field events, newcomer Jorge Garcia notched his first victory of the season finishing first in the men's shot put with a personal-best throw of 17.35-meters (56'-11.25"). Meanwhile, teammate Taji Henley set a new personal best in the men's hammer throw with a toss of 50.57-meters (165'-11.00") on his second attempt to finish third overall.

The running events opened with a first-place finish by the Lady Raider 4x100 relay in the squad's first race of the season as they recorded a time of 45.87 seconds to jump in to the top 20 in the West Region.Red Raider freshman Tramaine Maloney recorded personal best 14.27 in the men's 110-meter hurdles to finish third overall and second among collegians. The time was more than a second better than his season opening mark of 15.66 at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego.In her outdoor debut, freshman Haley Cook finished second in the women's pole vault with a clearance of 3.87-meters (12'-8.25") - the best clearance this season in the event by a Lady Raider. 




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