Roberts breaks three Tech records on opening day of Fred Wilt Open

Roberts breaks three Tech records on opening day of Fred Wilt Open

By Layne Weitzel, TTU Sports Information

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Tennessee Tech track & field kicked off the two-day Fred Wilt Open, hosted by Purdue, on Friday afternoon with the pentathlon.

Three Golden Eagles – Khemani Roberts, Sharnique Leonce and Eshe Robinson – represented Tech in the pentathlon for the first time this season, with Roberts winning the overall title with 3,691 points. Roberts took first in the high and long jumps to help her beat second-place pentathlon finisher Rebecca Coan of Purdue by 47 points.

Leonce placed third with 3,344 points and Robinson seventh with 2,819 points in the final pentathlon standings.

All three of Roberts' first-place finishes in the pentathlon, high jump and long jump broke Tech program records. Her long jump mark of 5.57m broke the previous school record of 5.33m, while her high jump of 1.72m passed the previous 1.70m best.

Roberts did not finish lower than third in any events, placing second in the shot put and third in both the 60m hurdles and 800m.

Leonce had previously held Tech's pentathlon record with 3,454 points. She took first on Friday in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.78.

"I thought our pentathletes performed well today," said head coach Wayne Angel. "First and third place is very respectable. They will be ready when the OVC championships come around."

Tech resumes the meet on Saturday morning, starting with the high jump.

PARTICIPATING TEAMS (all rankings pertain to women's teams)
Alabama State – ranked 33rd in USTFCCCA South Region
University of the Bahamas
Ball State – ranked 19th in Great Lakes Region
Butler – ranked 30th in Great Lakes Region
Northern Kentucky – ranked 39th in Southeast Region
Purdue – ranked 20th in USTFCCCA National Rankings
Tennessee Tech – ranked 11th in South Region
Valparaiso – ranked 28th in Great Lakes Region
pentathlon events
60m hurdles
Sharnique Leonce – 8.78; 1st overall
Khemani Roberts – 8.98; 3rd overall
Eshe Robinson – 9.51; 8th overall
high jump
Khemani Roberts – 1.72m; 1st overall
Sharnique Leonce – 1.60m; 3rd overall
Eshe Robinson – 1.48m; 6th overall
shot put
Khemani Roberts – 11.12m; 2nd overall
Eshe Robinson – 9.66m; 3rd overall
Sharnique Leonce – 8.92; 6th overall
long jump
Khemani Roberts – 5.57m; 1st overall
Sharnique Leonce – 5.44m; 2nd overall
Eshe Robinson – 4.76m; 9th overall
Khemani Roberts – 2:39.80; 3rd overall
Sharnique Leonce – 2:45.66; 5th overall
Eshe Robinson – 2:55.15; 7th overall
SATURDAY, JAN. 27 (all times CT)
high jump – 10:30 a.m.
60m dash (prelims) – noon
60m hurdles (prelims) – 12:25 p.m.
mile – 12:40 p.m.
400m dash – 1 p.m.
600m – 1:50 p.m.
200m dash – 2:10 p.m.
3000m – 2:35 p.m.
4x400m relay – 3:15 p.m.
Photo by Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information