Tech totals three wins; breaks nearly 14-year-old school record at Hilltopper Relays

Tech totals three wins; breaks nearly 14-year-old school record at Hilltopper Relays

By Layne Weitzel, TTU Sports Information

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Though the Hilltopper Relays were shortened by a day due to snow expected for Saturday, Tennessee Tech got lots of work done at Western Kentucky on Friday.

The Golden Eagles broke a school record, won three events and added two more OVC-leading times to bring their total to seven top marks in the conference.

Tech's first win of the day came from its 4x100m relay squad of Ceirra Tate, Lisa Wickham, D'Airrien Jackson and Na'Asha Robinson. The quartet placed first in the event with a time of 46.33.

Individually, Wickham placed second in the 100m dash with a personal-best time of 11.88, breaking Tech's previous program record of 11.92 that had been held by Bethany Burney since April 17, 2004.

Robinson won the 200m dash with a time of 24.00 flat.

Freshman Purity Sanga also took home a win in the 1500m run, finishing in 4:37.93.

Wickham's 100m dash time and Robinson's 200m dash time each rank first in the OVC, giving Tech two additional conference-leading marks.

"It was a very productive meet from top to bottom," said head coach Wayne Angel. "We accomplished a lot as a team. The sprints, field events and distances performed well today. We are definitely rounding the corner and moving in a positive direction."

PARTICIPATING TEAMS (all rankings pertain to women's teams)
Alabama A&M – ranked 42nd in the USTFCCCA South Region
Austin Peay – ranked 26th in the South Region
Belmont – ranked 35th in the South Region
Eastern Illinois – ranked 20th in the Midwest Region
Eastern Kentucky – ranked 27th in the Southeast Region
Grand Valley State
Lindsey Wilson
Middle Tennessee – ranked 21st in the South Region
Morehead State – ranked 48th in the Southeast Region
Northern Kentucky – ranked 45th in the Southeast Region
Southern Illinois – ranked 16th in the Midwest Region
TENNESSEE TECH – ranked 22nd in South Region
Xavier – ranked 29th in the Great Lakes Region
Western Kentucky – ranked 36th in the Southeast Region
Keyanna Word – foul
Shot put
Khemani Roberts – 10.32m/33'10.25"; 19th overall
Keyanna Word – 8.33m/27'4"; 26th overall
Eshe Robinson – foul
Long jump
Raven Smith – 5.59m; 18'04.25"; 6th overall – new PR
4x100m relay
1500m run
Purity Sanga – 4:37.93; 1st overall
100m hurdles
Khemani Roberts – 15.26; 13th overall
Eshe Robinson – 15.73; 19th overall          
400m dash
Madison Stremler – 1:02.65; 15th overall
Teauna Anderson – 1:03.50; 16th overall
100m dash
Lisa Wickham – 11.88; 2nd overall – new school record
Na'Asha Robinson – 12.02; 3rd overall – new PR
D'Airrien Jackson – 12.05; 4th overall
Ceirra Tate – 12.21; 6th overall
High jump
Khemani Roberts – 1.65m/5'5"; tied for 2nd overall
Na'Scottisha Drummond – 1.65m/5'5"; 5th overall
Eshe Robinson – 1.55m/5'1"; 12th overall
800m run
Micayla Rennick – 2:10.87; 2nd overall
Anna Cooper – 2:26.18; 20th overall – new PR
Courtney McCowan – 2:37.91; 33rd overall – new PR
Shaylee Ellingson – 3:16.73; 39th overall
400m hurdles
D'Airrien Jackson – 1:03.89; 6th overall – new PR
200m dash
Na'Asha Robinson – 24.00; 1st overall
Khemani Roberts – 24.94; 6th overall
Ceirra Tate – 24.93; 5th overall
Lisa Wickham – 26.05; 19th overall
Teauna Anderson – 26.37; 23rd overall
Eshe Robinson – 28.57; 38th overall
4x400m relay
Photos by Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information