If you ask Kayla White, she’ll tell you “I wouldn’t classify myself as just an HBCU sprinter though. I’m one of the best sprinters in the nation.”
The past weekend, the North Carolina A&T senior sprinter backed her words up with action.
White made history by becoming the first A&T track athlete to win an NCAA National Championship at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala., taking the 200-meter race in 22.62 seconds to reclaim the fastest time in the world for 2019.
Congrats to the Kayla White the NCAA 200M Women’s indoor Champion 💪🏾 🏆 #NCAT
Initially, White finished second in the 60-meter hurdle final to Southern Cal’s Chanel Brissett. However, disappointment quickly turned into motivation for the 200m.
White told WFMY News, “I came into the 200-meter final with a chip on my shoulder because I felt the hurdles race was mine too. I really ran well in that race.” Adding, “going into the 200 race I just wanted to stay focus because I didn’t want to leave here without at least one national championship.”
“Kayla is a great athlete which we have seen time and time again,” said Duane Ross, the Aggies director of track and field programs. “Our plan this year, her senior year, was to do this.”
Check White out in action below.
WHEW…Kayla White is no joke. An easy 2️⃣2️⃣.9️⃣4️⃣. https://t.co/kpfLsHRpxV
White recorded the world’s fastest time in 2019 on Feb. 2 when she ran a 22.82 at the University of Arkansas’ Tyson Invitational.