Gittens breaks T&T heptathlon national record

By Sports Desk May 13, 2018
Trinidad and Tobago's Tyra Gittens. Trinidad and Tobago's Tyra Gittens.

Texas A&M freshman Tyra Gittens broke the Trinidad and Tobago national record on the way to claiming the women’s heptathlon title at the 2018 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Tom Black Track on Sunday.

The 19-year-old dominated the field after winning four of the seven events across two days and tallying 6,074 points overall.  The mark bettered the national record of 5,962 set in 2004 by Marsha Mark-Baird it was also a school record eclipsing 6,038 set by Annie Kunz at the 2016 Olympic Trials.

Gittens began the second day of competition with a career best in the long jump. Her leap of 6.37 was good for 965 points.  A throw of 36.71 in the javelin added 604 points to her score, bringing her total to 5,411 with one event remaining.

 Gittens closed out by running 2:32.41 in the 800m to collect 663 points and reach her career-best total.  Her previous best score was 5,700 recorded at the Texas Relay in March.

Later on the athlete returned to take part in the long jump and recorded another career best of 6.47 to finish in fifth place.

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