GREENSBORO, N.C. — They say the weekend goes by too fast, but North Carolina A&T sprinter Kayla White was gone in a flash on Saturday.
White finished the 200-meter sprint with the fastest time in the world this year at the indoor Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas.
White completed her run in 22.82 seconds, edging Alabama's Tamara Clark's time of 23.07.
White is now ranked No. 1 in the world in the 200-meter and top 10 in the 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash.
“She’s special,” said Duane Ross, N.C. A&T’s director of track and field programs. “She was due to drop something fast. Her training has been going well and she’s hungry to be the best. I knew the race was won once she stepped into the blocks. Her focus and preparation were great this weekend.”
White was a force at the MEAC outdoor track championships last season, winning gold in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, the 100-meter hurdles and the 4x100.
White is a senior from Miami.
White took a few seconds away from the track to catch up with WFMY News 2's Patrick Wright Tuesday. She sat down for one minute of rapid-fire interview questions. The two covered everything from running track to her music selections.
In The Fast Lane With Kayla White
Here's a transcript of the one-on-one interview:
PW: When did you first realize you were fast?
KW: High School. Senior year, we were doing the 4x100 against our rival school, and I was anchor leg, and it came down to the last 50 meters, and I passed her, and we got US number one and a school record.
PW: Who got you into running?
KW: My coach from high school, Coach Cooney.
PW: What's the first song on your pre-race playlist?
KW: "Right Above It" by Lil' Wayne.
PW: Over under 10 minutes, how many seconds would you beat me by?
KW: Six. No, I'll give you four.
PW: Oh wow, you believe in me more than I do. Alright, your favorite place on campus?
KW: Favorite place on campus -- Crosby. Crosby Hall.
PW: What do you do when you're not running?
PW: What's your favorite subject?
KW: [thinks] anything journalism related.
PW: My last question. Your favorite part about running at A&T.
KW: My favorite part is the support we get from alumni.