Tech tested early at Vanderbilt Indoor Opener

Tech tested early at Vanderbilt Indoor Opener

By Layne Weitzel, TTU Sports Information


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Tech began the indoor portion of its track & field season at the Vanderbilt Indoor Opener for the third-straight year on Saturday.

Overall, the Tech women had 15 top-10 finishes in their 11 events. Four Golden Eagles (Teauna Anderson, Khemani Roberts, Purity Sanga and Ceirra Tate) made their Tech track & field debuts.

Na'Asha Robinson did well in her signature events of the 200m and 400m dashes, winning the 400m and placing second in the 200m. D'Airrien Jackson finished third in the 400m to put two Golden Eagles in the top three spots.

Lisa Wickham collected a career-best time of 7.57 with her second-place finish in the 60m dash – her previous best was 7.58 at the Alex Wilson Invitational on Feb. 18. She also finished 23rd overall in the 200m dash with a time of 25.61, also a career-best (she timed 27.69 in the event at the Illini Classic on Jan. 14).

Eshe Robinson and Raven Smith also had personal bests on Saturday. Smith timed 8.30 in the 60m dash, while her previous best was 8.41 at the Samford Open on Feb. 11, and Robinson shaved over .5 seconds off her best 200m dash time. She crossed the line in 28.81 after finishing in 29.38 on Jan. 7 at the Gene Edmonds Open. She also improved on her shot put distance, marking at 9.52 after her career-best of 9.50m at the Ed Temple Invitational on Jan. 10, 2016.

Tech also had five members of the men's cross country team race in the mile and 3000 meters.

high jump
Na'Scottisha Drummond – 1.58m; tied for 6th overall
60m hurdles
Khemani Roberts – 9.17; 14th overall
Eshe Robinson – 9.55; 24th overall
Sharnique Leonce – 18.22; 33rd overall
Lisa Wickham – 7.57; 2nd overall
Ceirra Tate – 7.62; 5th overall
Teauna Anderson – 8.15; 39th overall
Raven Smith – 8.30; 50th overall
Na'Scottisha Drummond – 8.35; 51st overall
shot put
Khemani Roberts – 11.50m; 12th overall
Eshe Robinson – 9.52m; 25th overall
Women's mile
Micayla Rennick – 4:56.57; 2nd overall
triple jump
Raven Smith – 11.59m; 6th overall
Men's mile
Hannes Vohn – 4:26.57; 5th overall
Brannon Cheplak – 4:28.20; 6th overall
Ababu Mohamed – DNS
Na'Asha Robinson – 54.01; 1st overall
D'Airrien Jackson – 55.70; 3rd overall
Madison Stremler – 2:18.66; 8th overall
Anna Cooper – 2:29.58; 18th overall
Na'Asha Robinson – 24.36; 2nd overall
D'Airrien Jackson – 24.83; 8th overall
Khemani Roberts – 25.01; 9th overall
Ceirra Tate – 25.11; 11th overall
Sharnique Leonce – 25.43; 17th overall
Lisa Wickham – 25.61; 23rd overall
Teauna Anderson – 26.15; 31st overall
Eshe Robinson – 28.81; 73rd overall
Women's 3000m
Purity Sanga – 10:04.41; 2nd overall
Men's 3000m
Sammy Kipkirui – 9:03.19; 7th overall
Benard Sigei – 9:20.28; 12th overall
4x400m relay
Tech A-team (Na'Asha Robinson, Sharnique Leonce, Ceirra Tate, D'Airrien Jackson) – 3:51.22; 3rd overall
Tech B-team (Khemani Roberts, Lisa Wickham, Teauna Anderson, Eshe Robinson) – 4:07.49; 13th overall
Alabama A&M (M)
Belmont (M/W)
Berry (M/W)
Campbellsville (M/W)
Jackson State (W)
Louisville (M/W)
Memphis (M/W)
Mercer (W)
Middle Tennessee (M/W)
Murray State (M/W)
Southeast Missouri (M/W)
Tennessee State (M/W)
Tennessee Tech
UT Martin (M/W)
Trevecca Nazarene (M/W)
Vanderbilt (W)
Western Kentucky (M/W)
Tech resumes its schedule in the new year, traveling to Clemson, South Carolina, for the Orange & Purple Classic on Saturday, Jan. 6.