Rennick records first 2018 event win at Orange & Purple Classic

Rennick records first 2018 event win at Orange & Purple Classic

By Layne Weitzel, TTU Sports Information

CLEMSON, S.C. – Tennessee Tech encountered a setback to start off 2018 at the Orange & Purple Classic on Saturday.

In their first indoor meet in over a month, a number of Tech track & field student-athletes were struck with a virus, causing Tech to pare down its previously scheduled events (the team did not appear in the 4x400m relay, for example).

Tech still performed well, highlighted by senior Micayla Rennick. Rennick won the 5000 meter run in her first try in the event so far this season. Her time of 17:12.98 was over a minute faster than second-place finisher Hannah Petit from Georgia Tech, who timed 18:23.88. Rennick also ran the 800 meters for the first time after skipping it in the Vanderbilt Indoor Opener, placing second at 2:18.07.

Fellow distance member Purity Sanga also collected two top-10 finishes in the 3000 meters and mile, placing fourth in the 3000 meters at 10:09.76 and sixth in the mile at 5:09.79.

In the field events, Na'Scottisha Drummond hit 1.65m in the high jump, .01m better than her previous best of 1.64m set during the 2017 OVC Indoor Championships.

long jump
Raven Smith – 5.20m; 17th overall
high jump (run as finals)
Khemani Roberts – 1.70m; tied for 4th overall
Na'Scottisha Drummond – 1.65m; tied for 11th overall
triple jump
Raven Smith – 11.64m; 7th overall
5000 meters (run as finals)
Micayla Rennick – 17:12.98; 1st overall
60m hurdles
Khemani Roberts – 9.31; 22nd overall
Eshe Robinson – 10.23; 26th overall
1-mile (run as finals)
Purity Sanga – 5:09.79; 6th overall
Madison Stremler – 5:28.49; 15th overall
Anna Cooper – 5:44.22; 21st overall
60m dash
Ceirra Tate – 7.77 (7.769); 14th overall
Sharnique Leonce – 7.93 (7.929); 24th overall
Teauna Anderson – 8.16; 27th overall
Lisa Wickham – 8.06; 26th overall
600m (run as finals)
Khemani Roberts – 1:44.86; 16th overall
Eshe Robinson – 2:02.63; 19th overall
Micayla Rennick – 2:18.07; 2nd overall
Madison Stremler – 2:23.00; 5th overall
300m dash
D'Airrien Jackson – 38.79; 6th overall
200m dash
Ceirra Tate – 25.18; 10th overall
Teauna Anderson – 26.79; 25th overall
3000m (run as finals)
Purity Sanga – 10:09.76; 4th overall
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Tech is back in action next week at the two-day Commodore Invitational, hosted at Vanderbilt. The meet will last from Friday, Jan. 12 to Saturday, Jan. 13.
Photo by Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information