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Kayla White added her name to the record books when she completed the indoor 200-meter sprint in 22.82 seconds at the University of Arkansas’ Tyson Invitational last month, scoring the fastest time in the world this year.
Although her time was beaten a few weeks later, White earned the title right back at a recent National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) indoor meet, where she ran the 200-meter in 22.66 seconds. While there, she also became the first North Carolina A&T student to win an NCAA national championship.
Now, the N.C. A&T senior has been named the NCAA Division I Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.
“I just want to leave a legacy, not only for my teammates and my university but for (historically Black college and university) athletes all over the country,” North Carolina A&T reports White saying. “I think that is so important.”
@NCATAGGIES is on A few days after Earl Hilton was named the @NCAAFCS No. 1 AD, @KaylaaDee_ is named the Division I @NCAATrackField indoor women’s track athlete of the year! Yes, she beat out all the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, etc. athletes for the honor.https://t.co/BtCq0XcFFd pic.twitter.com/XDH2TQBakv
— N.C. A&T Athletics (@NCATAGGIES) March 12, 2019
White, who has a total of 14 indoor and outdoor Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference titles, will be entering the outdoor season with one first-team, All-American honor in the indoor 200-meter, second-team All-American honors in the 100-meter hurdles and the 4×100, and two first-team All-American honors in the 60-meter hurdles.
“I’m not just an HBCU sprinter. I’m one of the best sprinters in the nation,” said White.
Yes, you are. Keep blazing your own trail, Kayla!