Tech has eventful day to close Fred Wilt Open

Tech has eventful day to close Fred Wilt Open

By Layne Weitzel, TTU Sports Information


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Tennessee Tech track & field capped its closing day of the Fred Wilt Open at Purdue with an event win, three additional top-3 finishes and four appearances in event finals.

Senior Micayla Rennick grabbed the 3000m win in convincing fashion, crossing the line 59 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, Hannah Tobler of Northern Kentucky. Rennick's time of 9:35.38 broke her own indoor program record of 9:50.99, which she set last January at the Gene Edmonds Open.

Rennick is now the fastest female in the Ohio Valley Conference in the 3000m, 800m and mile, having set her 800m (2:14.65) and mile (4:48.99) times at the Commodore Invitational in mid-January.

Na'Scottisha Drummond, Na'Asha Robinson and Tech's 4x400m relay A-team of Robinson, D'Airrien Jackson, Ceirra Tate and pentathlon champion Khemani Roberts also grabbed top-3 finishes in their respective events on Saturday.

Drummond tied for third in the high jump with a height of 1.54m, while Robinson finished third in the 200m dash with a time of 24.58. (After converting her time to 24.21 considering the track size, Robinson's adjusted time is first in the OVC.)

In the 4x400m relay, Robinson, Jackson, Tate and Roberts placed second with a time of 3:49.11.

The 60m dash and 60m hurdles were two events in which the competing track athletes could qualify for finals, and Tech qualified three for the 60m dash final and one for the hurdles final.

Tate, Robinson and Sharnique Leonce made the 60m dash final after each finishing second in their respective heats. The trio placed sixth, seventh and eighth in the final, and Robinson and Leonce cracked the top-10 fastest times in the event in the OVC – Robinson's 7.72 ties for sixth, while Leonce's 7.78 ranks 10th. (Tate's 7.62 time from the Vanderbilt Indoor Opener is still the third-best in the conference.)

Roberts represented Tech in the 60m hurdles final after placing third in her heat with a time of 9.11. She finished eighth in the final with a time of 9.20.

"Our ladies were a class act today," said head coach Wayne Angel. "We competed with a lot of heart and determination. I am very excited for what the future holds for these ladies. Micayla was awesome today. She was the class of the field."

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
high jump
Na'Scottisha Drummond – 1.54m; tied for 3rd overall
60m dash (prelims)
Ceirra Tate – 7.75; 2nd in heat 2
Na'Asha Robinson – 7.72; 2nd in heat 3
Sharnique Leonce – 7.78; 2nd in heat 4
D'Airrien Jackson – 7.93; 3rd in heat 4
Na'Scottisha Drummond – 8.12; 3rd in heat 5
60m dash (finals)
Ceirra Tate – 7.71; 6th overall
Na'Asha Robinson – 7.76 – 7th overall
Sharnique Leonce – 7.86; 8th overall
60m hurdles (prelims)
Sharnique Leonce – 9.31; 4th in heat 3
Eshe Robinson – 9.97; 5th in heat 2
Khemani Roberts – 9.11; 3rd in heat 1
60m hurdles (finals)
Khemani Roberts – 9.20; 8th overall
Purity Sanga – 5:06.53; 6th overall
400m dash
Teauna Anderson – 1:04.13; 21st overall
Madison Stremler – 1:42.59; 5th overall
Anna Cooper – 1:45.83; 6th overall
Courtney McCowan – 1:56.11; 10th overall
200m dash
Na'Asha Robinson – 24.58; 3rd overall
D'Airrien Jackson – 25.15; 5th overall
Ceirra Tate – 25.48; 6th overall
Lisa Wickham – 26.24; 15th overall
Teauna Anderson – 26.78; 17th overall
Micayla Rennick – 9:35.38; 1st overall
4x400m relay
Tech A-team (Na'Asha Robinson, D'Airrien Jackson, Ceirra Tate, Khemani Roberts) – 3:49.11; 2nd overall
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
Photo by Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information