Texas Tech Closes Competition at NCAA Championships|
June 14, 2014
Le'Tristan Pledger became the first Lady Raider All-American in the 100-meter hurdles with the fourth-fastest time in school history under all conditions.
EUGENE, Ore. - Texas Tech closed competition Saturday at the 2014 NCAA Track and Field Championships as Cierra White and Le'Tristan Pledger competed in the finals of the 200-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles at Hayward Field.
Pledger finished eighth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 12.94 seconds, while White finished eighth with a time of 23.33 seconds in the 200-meters. Pledger becomes the first Lady Raider in school history to earn All-America honors in the 100 hurdles while White is the first Lady Raider since 2010 to do so in the 200-meters.
With the performance, the Lady Raiders finished the NCAA Championships with three points and 51st overall in the team standings. The Red Raiders, meanwhile, finished 38th overall with six points - all coming from senior Kennedy Kithuka. Kithuka finished fourth in the 10,000-meter final Wednesday night before placing eighth in the 5,000 on Friday.
A three-time national qualifier in the 200-meters, Saturday marked White's first appearance in the finals of the event. She has now earned All-America First Team honors in both the 100-meters and 200-meters after finishing sixth in the 100 last year.
Pledger's time of 12.94 seconds Saturday was the fourth-fastest all-time at Texas Tech under all conditions.
The Red Raiders, which entered the NCAA Championships No. 9 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association computer rankings, close the 2014 season as Big 12 Champions. The Lady Raiders earned their best finish at the conference meet, third with 109.5 points, since 2009.
Tech head coach Wes Kittley, who finished his 15th season at the helm of the program, was named the Big 12 and Mountain Region Coach of the Year.