By Layne Weitzel, TTU Sports Information
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – This weekend, Tennessee Tech will send a select group of runners to the University of Florida's Pepsi Florida Relays, one of the largest collegiate track & field meets in the country.
Tech will compete alongside a combined total of 100 men's and women's teams from across the nation, including seven top-25 nationally ranked women's squads (No. 8 Florida, No. 12 Kentucky, No. 13 Purdue, No. 16 Nebraska, No. 19 Florida State, No. 20 Virginia Tech and No. 23 Tennessee). The Golden Eagles stand at 74th in the latest USTFCCCA national rankings (the first regional rankings of the outdoor season will be released next week). Tech has run in just one meet, Mississippi State's Al Schmidt Bulldog Relays, so far in the outdoor season.
Of the Tech student-athletes competing in the Florida Relays, one ranks within the top 15 in an event in the NCAA Division I East Region. Reigning adidas® OVC Female Track Athlete of the Week Micayla Rennick stands at second in the 5000m run with a time of 16:30.27. She is also third nationally.
Although the meet begins Thursday with high school and a handful of collegiate events, Tech begins its run on Friday with all but two of its scheduled events for the weekend. The team will finish with two relays Saturday afternoon.
SEC Network + will live stream the meet during these windows:
- Friday, March 30: 11:15 – 11:59 a.m. CT; 12:25 – 3:10 p.m. CT
- Saturday, March 31: 1:40 – 2:29 p.m. CT; 3:15-4:59 p.m. CT; 5:40 – 6:35 p.m. CT