When the outdoor track and field season recently began at Texas Tech, Cierra White knew the Lady Raiders would be running in some big meets. Of course, White, former Engineering and Science star, can hardly wait to come home to run in the Penn Relays. She knows this is one of the biggest track and field carnivals in the country.
“I’m very excited,” White said. “The Penn Relays are so exciting. I get a chance to see everybody. It should be a fun atmosphere.”
White, a freshman sprinter, is certainly no stranger to the Penn Relays. She knows what it’s like to run on Saturday afternoons at Franklin Field in front of huge crowds. The ex-Public League standout will be participating in a number of events for Texas Tech.
“I think I’ll be running the 4x100 (meter relay),” White said. “I’ll be running the 100, 4x200 (meter relay) and the sprint medley relay. I’ll probably run the prelims for the 4x400 (meter relay). ”
White is a multi-talented athlete. During her high school career, she ran the 60 meters, 100 meters, 200 meters, 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay for Ray Womack, E&S head coach. As a senior, she had season best times of 7.54 in the 60 meters, 11.78 in the 100 meters and 23.95 in the 200 meters. The Public League and PIAA state champion sprinter was well prepared for Division I track and field. Texas Tech is located in Lubbock, Texas and is a member of the Big 12 Conference.
“I think I’ve improved a lot,” White said. “This is a good conference. There’s a lot of competition. It just makes me even stronger to go out there and race against some of the best people in the nation.”
White had a chance to run for the Lady Raiders recently in a dual meet. She helped to steer the 4x400 meter relay team to a win. She ran with Taylor Evans, Erica Alexander and Precious Nwokey to produce a winning time of 3:36.19 in that event.
White is expecting to have a lot of family and friends at the Penn Relays. This is a big weekend for her as well as E&S.
“I know a lot of people will be coming to the Penn Relays,” White said. “My family is going to cook for me. It should be a lot of fun. I have a birthday this weekend. I’m really excited about coming home. I miss the food. I want to try to get a cheesesteak and some cheese fries. I try to keep in touch with everybody. I let coach Womack know my times and how I’m doing.”
White will be able to showcase her skills as a college sprinter this week at the Penn Relays.