Cierra White finished eighth in the women’s 200 meters Saturday at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships, achieving first-team all-America status in the third event of her career.
White ran a time of 23.33 seconds. She was ranked 15th in the NCAA before the meet, but made it into the finals by getting second in her semifinal heat on Thursday.
The top eight finishers in each event generally receive first-team all-America recognition. White, a junior from Philadelphia, also did it in the 100 at last year’s NCAA outdoor meet and with the 1,600-meter relay team at last year’s NCAA indoor.
The Tech women’s only other first-team all-American in the 200 was Terra Evans in 2010.
Saturday was the last day of the four-day meet at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The Oregon men and the Texas A&M women won the national championships.
Tech’s Le’Tristan Pledger also finished eighth in the 100-meter hurdles, matching the ranking she had going into the meet. The sophomore from Kansas City ran a 12.94, her third-fastest time of the season. With a 2.8 meters per second tailwind, it was the fourth fastest time all-time by a Tech woman, regardless of conditions.
The Tech women finished the meet with three points, getting one point apiece for the eighth-place finishes of javelin thrower Hannah Carson, White and Pledger.
In other final-day action, South Plains College graduate Shavez Hart ran a leg on the Texas A&M sprint relay that finished second in 38.84, and SPC grad Vernon Norwood anchored the LSU 1,600-meter relay that got third in 3:01.60.
Ex-Texan Anthony May, now competing for Arkansas, was ninth in the triple jump with a mark of 52 feet, 41/2 inches.
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