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Deeks:
The young lady delivered.

https://www.guardian.co.tt/sports/gittens-wins-ncaa-pentathlon-title-6.2.1300933.3edefa07c2

T&T's Tyra Gittens put on an amazing record-breaking performance to claim the NCAA pentathlon national championship with a score of 4,764 points at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas in the United States on Thursday evening.

The University of Texas A&M junior also set a new national record, the previous mark being 4,276, which was held by her and is the most in the pentathlon by a women's athlete from a Caribbean nation.

While setting a collegiate record, the multi-athlete also set a facility record and became the first female Aggie to win an individual indoor title since 2014 when Brea Garrett won the weight throw.

"Today (Thursday) means so much to me. When I was a freshman and looked at the collegiate record I just thought ‘Oh my gosh, I don’t think I can do that but I can come somewhere in that area’.


"As I matured, I definitely realised that it can be more achievable than I thought and I was so happy that I was able to do it today, "The national champion Gittens was quoted saying on the Texas A&M website.

En route to setting an overall personal best in the pentathlon, she set personal records in three of the five events, while winning three events.

Gittens’ day started with clocking 8.27 in the 60m hurdles, .01 seconds faster than her previous personal best. She followed by winning the high jump at 1.93m, which bettered her previous school record of 1.91m. The high-flyer owns the top five all-time performances in Aggie history, she has cleared 1.93m, 1.91m, 1.89m, 1.88m and 1.87m in her career. Her clearance also equalled the T&T national record held by Natasha Alleyne-Gibson.

She continued to show her dominance winning the shot put at 13.86m, less than two inches short of her personal record. The junior followed by winning the long jump on her final attempt at 6.58m, which was just short of her personal record of 6.62m.

Gittens capped the record performance by clocking a personal-best 800m time of 2:28.22, which produced an overall pentathlon score of 4,764.

“I think the 800 was definitely the thing that I’m most proud of because of how much of a mental block and just mental funk it is for me. Even though it wasn’t an amazing time, I broke out of that mental blockage and it was definitely needed today. I came into the meet saying, ‘However, anything else goes, I don’t care because the 800 is one thing that I know I need to work on. And I was so happy. I could cry that it turned out the way it did and I stuck to it. I stuck to the plan,” said Gittens on her fantastic showing in the two-lap event.

Texas A&M's head coach Pat Henry raved about Gittens’ achievement saying: "It was the finest effort any collegiate athlete has ever had. To do the things she did and start off with a personal best in the 60m hurdles and clear 6-4 in the high jump is absolutely a tremendous start. She came to this meet with a lot of intention, an intention to win this championship.

“Tyra [Gittens] didn't win the SEC title two weeks ago and it shows the whole team that it's about how you think. If you're a positive person and go in there with the experiences you've had, be ready to do it on this day. This is the day that you have to put everything you know together to try to win an event. I think today teaches that it showed that you can do it because Tyra just did it!"

A.B.:
Maybe our next medal is our first female Olympic medal.

This is officially our light at the end of the tunnel because I truly do not see another medal coming from anywhere else, anytime soon.

If someone disagrees, kindly tell me which event...

Deeks:

--- Quote from: A.B. on March 13, 2021, 01:14:01 PM ---Maybe our next medal is our first female Olympic medal.

This is officially our light at the end of the tunnel because I truly do not see another medal coming from anywhere else, anytime soon.

If someone disagrees, kindly tell me which event...

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Breds, I know You looking for argument to light up this thread  ;D. I can't argue with You on this one. TF looking so bleak. She winning this is a breadth of fresh air. If she was to win or place in top 5 in the NCAA outdoors, then we will be hopeful that she will be the first woman to medal at the Olympics.  Too long overdue!!!!  Oh, Ato. Don't forget Teneil Campbell, the cyclist.

A.B.:
Nooo, is not argument I looking for - I'm truly asking in the hope that someone maybe says "but what about _______ who's been running/throwing/jumping pretty well?"

But because this is kind of my side of the fence, I'm not expecting there to be anyone.

Deeks:

--- Quote from: A.B. on March 15, 2021, 11:16:31 PM ---Nooo, is not argument I looking for - I'm truly asking in the hope that someone maybe says "but what about _______ who's been running/throwing/jumping pretty well?"

But because this is kind of my side of the fence, I'm not expecting there to be anyone.



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Breds, I know what You mean. We cool. The TF page has been sedated for a long while. Anything by a TT athlete to bring to the page will be great.

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