Another All-Time Combined Event Performance For Gittens

What can’t Tyra Gittens do?

Already the collegiate record holder in the pentathlon, Gittens added the third-best heptathlon total in collegiate history to her ledger at the 2021 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Gittens amassed 6418 points in College Station, Texas, putting her behind only collegiate record holder Diane Guthrie (6527) and Brianne Theisen (6440).

A modest start jump-started an all-time, never-before-seen performance in world history.

Gittens opened at 13.47 (+3.0) in the 100H, which was her second slowest time of the season. That lit a fire under her, though, as Gittens then cleared 1.95m (6-4¾) in the high jump to match the sixth-best performer in collegiate history, as well as tie the all-time collegiate heptathlon best held by the athlete with whom Gittens now shares the No. 6 spot (Akela Jones).

After concluding Day 1 with 3920 points – putting her ahead of the pace set by four of the top-5 athletes in collegiate history (Jones totaled 4023 in four events at the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships) – Gittens turned her attention to the long jump. Fresh legs allowed Gittens to soar a wind-legal 6.96m (22-10) to become the fourth-best performer in collegiate history, regardless if it happened in the open or within the confines of the multi.

When you mix what Gittens did in the high jump and long jump, no woman in history had done that before in a heptathlon. Read that again – history, like world history.

Then, after a 40.18m (131-10) heave in the javelin, Gittens settled into the 800. Gittens closed the competition with a 2:31.97 to add 668 points to her total and cap an amazing two days.