CARTER TURNS TECH'S FORTUNE AROUND WITH NATIONAL TITLE|
June 13, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - After a rough three days at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, senior D'Andra Carter changed the fortune of the Texas Tech track program with one throw as she brought home the NCAA title in the women's discus .
The three-time All-American was the leader going into the finals but on the first throw was bumped to second by Arizona State's Sarah Stevens. It didn't take the senior long to take the lead back as she took the lead on her very next throw and never relinquished it. Her best throw was her final one of 182'-01".
"It feels good, I am so grateful to the Lord for this because without him this wouldn't have been possible," Carter exclaimed. "I am just really happy and grateful."
It is Tech's first national champion in the discus and Carter added another NCAA title to her family tree as her father Michael Carter and sister Michelle Carter have both won NCAA titles in the shot put.
"I am so proud of Dee Dee (D'Andra Carter), I thought it was so evident today on every throw and you look at her overall series and you look at who was the best person in the discus today and I think she was the best today." Head coach Wes Kittley said after the meet. "She proved it and I am real proud of her."
The men's 4x400M relay of Brandon Washington, Rodney Mims, Tim Foster and Lamont Adams earned All-American status finishing in eighth with a time of 3:04.81. It is Washington's and Adam's first All-American honor of their respective careers. Foster and Mims both picked up their third All-American honors as well.
The 4x4 men ran faster than they did in the prelims out of lane 1 which is very difficult," Kittley said. "I am really proud of their efforts and to be All-American for the second-year in a row we have been able to do that."
Harrison Benjamin earned his first All-American honor in the men's shot put announced by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association today.
The Lady Raiders finished in a tie for 29th place with 10 points and the men tied for 67th with one point.