By Layne Weitzel, TTU Sports Information
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Tennessee Tech competed in its first outdoor track & field events of 2018 on Friday, opening the Al Schmidt Bulldog Relays at Mississippi State's Mike Sanders Track & Field Complex.
Tech set two new school records in just its first day back and also added some personal records. A handful of Golden Eagles made their collegiate and Tech outdoor debuts.
"I thought that we had a solid first day," said head coach Wayne Angel. "We were able to shake off some of the rust from spring break. I was very pleased with our collective efforts. It appears that we have positive momentum from the OVC championships.
"We had some noteworthy performances today – we had school records in the sprint medley relay and the 5000 meters. Raven Smith had a great day in the triple jump. Her performance was very close to a PR, and Khemani Roberts was second overall in the 400 meters with a PR. She will be a serious threat in the heptathlon outdoors."
Senior Micayla Rennick followed at the end of the day with a time of 16:30.27 in the 5000m run, passing Tech's previous record from Stephanie Place in 2008 by nearly 35 seconds. Freshman Purity Sanga, in her first outdoor meet, out-raced a fellow competitor by just 1.2 seconds to finish in the runner-up spot.
"I was very impressed with Micayla's performance in the 5k," said Angel. "She was on a roll. She led the race wire to wire in a school record and meet record. Not far behind was Purity in a personal best as well. It was a nice one-two sweep."
The Al Schmidt Bulldog Relays conclude tomorrow with Tech starting off in the 4x100m relay at noon CT.