White helps KSU make track and field history

A trio of former Rockdale County athletes competed in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., this past weekend.

Salem graduate Kentrell White, a redshirt-freshman at Kennesaw State, was part of Owls' 400-relay team, along with senior Cynthia Davis, sophomore Alicia Whittle and freshman Hannah Wood, as the group became the first representatives from the university's women's team to compete at the NCAA Championships. Though the quartet finished 15th in the preliminaries (44.93), they bested their overall ranking coming into to the meet.

"This is a great day in Kennesaw women's history," coach Andy Eggerth told ksuowls.com.

In the men's competition, Chris Royster, a Rockdale graduate and junior at South Carolina, and Johnathan Smith, a Salem graduate and junior at Georgia, competed in the 100-meter preliminaries. Royster, who ran the fourth-fastest time in school history at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships (10.17) in early May, finished 19th at 10.29, while Smith was 20th (10.31).

Texas A&M and Florida split the men's national title, the first split championship since 1978. In the women's competition, Kansas won the first national championship in the program's history and the first title for Kansas since the men's team won the 1970 outdoors.