Three broken school records highlight strong start for Tech at Tyson Invitational

Three broken school records highlight strong start for Tech at Tyson Invitational

By Layne Weitzel, TTU Sports Information

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Tennessee Tech wasted no time in making noise at the opening day of the Tyson Invitational on Friday.

The Golden Eagles broke three school records and tallied a handful of marks ranked high in the OVC, setting them off to a good start in one of the most reputable indoor track meets in the country.

"It was a strong first day for Tech," said head coach Wayne Angel. "We performed extremely well against the Power Five schools. I thought every event that we competed in, we represented Tennessee Tech with a high level of intensity and competitiveness. I am very proud of these young ladies. They were on a mission today."

Sharnique Leonce started off the day in the long jump, finishing seventh with a distance of 5.64m. She broke teammate Khemani Roberts' school record of 5.57m from the Fred Wilt Open in January.

"Sharnique is rounding into shape," said Angel. "She is starting to look like the OVC champion of last year. She had a great long jump today and broke the school record."

Micayla Rennick broke her own school record of 4:48.99 in the mile invitational, crossing the line in 4:46.15. Rennick was beaten only by Ashley Carreon, a former All-America track athlete at Nebraska who was running the meet unattached.

"Micayla was awesome today," said Angel. "She was the class of the collegiate field, only to be bested by a non-collegiate athlete."

D'Airrien Jackson and Na'Asha Robinson rounded out Tech's day in the 400m dash invitational. Jackson finished sixth in 52.84, a time that now is tops in the OVC and ninth-best in the country. It also sets a new school record.

Robinson followed in eighth place, recording a time of 53.06. That ranks second-best in the OVC and 11th-best in the country.

"D'Airrien and Na'Asha were spectacular today," said Angel. "They were fearless competitors. Both of their times ranked them in the top 15 of the nation. D'Airrien ran a PR and broke the school record in the process.

"All in all, I thought our sprints and distances were solid today. We are beginning to peak at the right moment. I'm looking forward to what day two will bring."

Tech concludes the Tyson Invitational tomorrow with the triple jump, high jump, 200m dash, 5000 meters and 4x400m relay. The meet will be streamed live on SEC Network+ beginning at 1 p.m. CT.

SECN+ streaming links: Saturday
Akron – ranked 7th in Great Lakes Region
Albany – ranked 4th in Northeast Region
Arkansas – ranked 1st in USTFCCCA national rankings
Arkansas Baptist
Auburn – ranked 11th in South Region
Baylor – ranked 16th in USTFCCCA national rankings
Coffeyville CC
Colorado – ranked 3rd in Mountain Region
Fairleigh Dickinson – ranked 20th in Mid-Atlantic Region
Florida State – ranked 4th in South Region
Houston – ranked 6th in South Central Region
Indiana – ranked 23rd in USTFCCCA national rankings
Iowa – ranked 5th in Midwest Region
Kansas – ranked 6th in Midwest Region
Loyola-Chicago – ranked 22nd in the Midwest Region
LSU – ranked 7th in USTFCCCA national rankings
Missouri – ranked 14th in USTFCCCA national rankings
Missouri Southern
North Carolina A&T – ranked 9th in Southeast Region
Northwestern State – ranked 16th in South Central Region
Oklahoma – ranked 2nd in Midwest Region
Oklahoma State – ranked 12th in Midwest Region
Paradise Valley CC
Purdue – ranked 4th in Great Lakes Region
SMU – ranked 8th in South Central Region
South Dakota – ranked 10th in Midwest Region
South Plains
Tennessee Tech – ranked 9th in South Region
Texas – ranked 9th in USTFCCCA national rankings
Virginia Tech – ranked 4th in Southeast Region
Wichita State – ranked 26th in Midwest Region
long jump
Sharnique Leonce – 5.64m/18-6; 7th overall, 6th-best in the OVC / new school record
Khemani Roberts – 5.08m/16-8; 21st overall
mile (invitational)
Micayla Rennick – 4:46.15; 2nd overall, best in the OVC and tied for 54th in the country / new school record
60m hurdles (prelims)
Sharnique Leonce – 8.81; 17th overall
60m dash (prelims)
Lisa Wickham – 7.59; 27th overall
Ceirra Tate – 7.63; 32nd overall
Teauna Anderson – 8.16; 47th overall
Na'Scottisha Drummond – 8.24; 48th overall
Madison Stremler – 2:20.97; 11th overall, 9th-best in the OVC
Anna Cooper – 2:22.22; 12th overall, 14th-best in the OVC
60m hurdles (Olympic Dev)
Eshe Robinson – 9.50; 12th overall
400m (invitational)
D'Airrien Jackson – 52.84; 6th overall, best in the OVC and 9th-best in the country / new school record
Na'Asha Robinson – 53.06; 8th overall, 2nd-best in the OVC and 11th-best in the country
SCHEDULE for SATURDAY, FEB. 10 (all times CT)
triple jump – noon
high jump – noon
200m – 2:25 p.m.
5000m – 3:55 p.m.
4x400m relay – 4:20 p.m.
Photos by Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information