Tech lands program-best five in NCAA East Preliminary

Tech lands program-best five in NCAA East Preliminary

By Layne Weitzel, TTU Sports Information

INDIANAPOLIS – Five Golden Eagles will continue their 2017-18 collegiate track & field seasons in next week's NCAA East Preliminary, as announced by the NCAA on Thursday.

D'Airrien Jackson, Micayla Rennick, Khemani Roberts, Na'Asha Robinson and Purity Sanga all secured top-48 qualifying marks and times and will represent Tech in four events at the preliminary in Tampa, Florida.

The NCAA East and West Preliminaries are the final stage before the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in June. Qualifiers from the two regional preliminaries will move on to the national meet.

The University of South Florida and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission will jointly host the NCAA East Preliminary from Thursday, May 24 through Saturday, May 26 at the USF Track & Field Stadium.

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Robinson and Jackson return to the East Preliminary for the third time of their careers, while Rennick and Sanga will go for the first time. Roberts competed in the high jump at last year's East Preliminary while at Coppin State.
 
ATHLETE EVENT TIME/MARK RANK IN EAST
D'Airrien Jackson 400m dash 53.42 38th
Micayla Rennick 10,000m 34:25.22 23rd
Khemani Roberts high jump 1.77m/5'9¾" 24th
Na'Asha Robinson 200m dash 23.02 14th
  400m dash 53.04 25th
Purity Sanga 10,000m 35:11.23 44th
 
Tech's five qualifiers and six entries are the most of any Ohio Valley Conference women's program this season and the most in school history.
 
Jackson and Robinson must finish in the top 24 in both the 200m and 400m dashes to advance to the events' quarterfinals. From there, the top 12 finishers qualify for the NCAA Championships in June. For Rennick, Sanga and Roberts, the top 12 finishers in the 10,000m run and high jump advance directly to the national meet.
 
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, May 24
4 p.m. CT – high jump first round (Roberts)
6:45 p.m. CT – 400m dash first round (Jackson, Robinson)
8:40 p.m. CT – 10,000m run (Rennick, Sanga)
 
Friday, May 25
4:45 p.m. CT – 400m dash quarterfinal (if necessary)
6:55 p.m. CT – 200m dash first round (Robinson)
 
Saturday, May 26
6:50 p.m. CT – 200m dash quarterfinal (if necessary)
 
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Photos by Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information