Aggies Star Blazes Way to NCAA Fame and Beyond
Kayla didn’t take track seriously until her senior year at Southridge High in Miami, when she specialized in the hurdles. She finished 3rd in the Florida State 4A Championships with a 13.88.
As an A&T frosh, she sprinted 11.52 and hurdled 13.37 then improved to 11.39/12.94 as a soph and 11.21/12.92 last year.
In her senor season, the Aggies star has set the MEAC on fire with a record-setting performance in the women’s 200 meters in this year’s meet.
In the 200m heats, she ran a wind-aided 22. 62 and a personal best 11.16 in the 100m. With a gentle breeze of 1.5 in the 100 final, White, in lane 5, burst out of her blocks and rocketed down the track in 10.96, one of the top 5 all-time performances among collegian sprinters.
In the 200m finals, she and her teammates turned in an U.S.-best 22.52, with frosh teammates Cambrea Sturgis (22.62) and Kamaya Debose-Epps (23.14) their own all-time bests.She won her
fourth straight conference title in the 60mh, and broke the meet record with a time of 8.07 (three/tenths of a second off her personal record). Overall, White broke two MEAC indoor meet records on Saturday winning the 200 with a MEAC record-breaking time of 23.53.
Next up is the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, March 8-9 in Birmingham, Ala. She ranks in the top-10 nationally in the 200m (1st), 60mh (4th) and 60m (10th).
White has dominated the MEAC in her career with six gold medals at the MEAC indoor championships. She has won the 60mh all four years of her career and she is also the 60m and 200m titleholder.
Duane Ross, the Aggies director of track and field programs, was named Outstanding Coach.
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