Summer Creek’s Randle wants it all
When Tianna Randle visited the UNLV in January a chance encounter made it click as a perfect destination for college.
After eating at Chipotle she heard a song that was always special to her family — Marvin Gay’s “Got To Give It Up.”
“That was a sign for me,” said the senior sprinter Randle. “That was my Big Mama’s favorite song, and I loved her so much. She jammed that song all the time. I knew when I heard that song UNLV was for me.”
Randle’s great-grandmother Helen Randle, passed away at the age of 86 in 2013 while she attended Woodcreek Middle School.
The 5-foot-4 sprinter wasn’t able to attend her great grandmother’s funeral. Randle was on the track competing in the junior Olympics in Las Vegas.
Her Big Mama meant the world to her.
“I loved her because she was so warming, and such a sweet person,” Randle said. “It saddened me that I wasn’t able to go to her funeral. When I used to visit her in the hospital she always wanted my headband or wanted to see my nails. If she liked my nails I would sit there and paint hers the same as mine. We just had a bond.”
Randle honored her Big Mama and her family by signing her National Letter of Intent to run track at UNLV in February.
“I felt like I was at home, and I didn’t feel like an outcast,” Randle said. “They made me feel very welcomed. The girls treated me just like their track sister. I wasn’t any different.”
Randle toured the campus at UNLV and fell in love with it.
“The facilities were very well managed,” Randle said. “Their buildings are in good shape, and it’s a big campus for little old me. I really enjoyed that trip and I liked everything about it.”
However, UNLV’s campus is not too far from the bright lights of the Vegas strip.
“All it comes down to is discipline,” Randle said. “In college it all comes down to you as a person. I don’t think I will have a problem once I get up there. I’m mature, and I know that when I get to college it will be about the track and the classroom.”
The Rebels will have one of the fastest sprinters in the nation when Randle enrolls in the fall.
Randle ranked No. 28 nationally in the 100m with a time of 11.74 at the Texas UIL 6A State Championships. She has also registered a personal-best time of 24.62 in the 200m.
Recruiting started out slow
She received her first offer from Sothern University in November 2018.
Then Fresno State offered and UNLV shortly after.
“It was kind of nerve wrecking,” Randle said. “I prayed about it a lot, and put it in my faith. I wanted to commit before the season, but schools weren’t reaching out to me. I was getting letters but never went on any visits.”
Randle’s speed has her in the record books at Summer Creek.
She currently owns the school record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.74.
Randle, who made the varsity squad as a freshman, also has the school record in the 4x100 relay with a time of 46.32.
“I really do hope one day that one of my sisters breaks my record,” Randle said. “It’s always nice when you hold a record at your school.”
Summer Creek girls track head coach Elton Ervin knows that the fundamentals make her a great runner.
“I think it’s the execution and technique that she has while she’s running,” Ervin said. “She has the perfect build and great technique. She a coachable girl, and she’s a perfectionist. If she does something wrong she always wants to make sure she comes back and does it better. She is a very special talent.”
Flair and Flash
Jewelry isn’t allowed on the track so Randle uses her nails to shine.
They’re hard to miss them when she’s flying down the track.
“My nails are like my jewelry,” Randle said. “I want to stand out and look good. I’m a black girl with blond hair, and I’m unique. I want to prove a lot of people wrong on the track, and that’s when I get my chance to do that.”
Making it back to state
Randle made it to the state track meet her junior season and is looking to make it back her senior season.
This time she wants to make it on the medal stand with the gold wrapped around her neck.
“The goal is to get to state and to make it on the medal stand,” Randle said. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work to get there, but I believe as a team we can get there.”
Randle made her drive to state at the District 22-6A meet.
She finished in first place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.81, she finished in second place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.68 and she finished the night on the 4x100 relay with a time of 46.43.
Randle advanced to the area meet in all three events with the Lady Bulldogs.
Potential future Olympian
Randle wants to represent her county one day in the Olympics.
A chance to put United States of America across her chest is a dream that isn’t too far away.
“Most definitely,” said Randle on becoming an Olympian. “That’s the main goal I have and want to achieve and I will get it. I know that I can do it and I just have to keep working hard.”