By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information
STARKVILLE, Miss. – It was another solid showing for the Tennessee Tech track & field program Saturday, as the Golden Eagles wrapped up competition at the Al Schmidt Bulldog Relays at the Mike Sanders Track & Field Complex in Starkville, Miss.
"Last night and today were a big step in the right direction for our squad and our program," Tech head coach Peter Dalton expressed. "We saw a lot of lifetime bests and season bests this weekend and we showed a lot of energy as we approach the bigger meets coming up in April."
Competing in the 200m, sophomore Lyn'Nikka Vance turned in her season-best showing with a top-25 performance. The Monee, Ill. native raced to a final time of 24.90. A day after turning in a season-best showing in the 400m, sophomore Anya Akili turned in her own personal-best in the 200m, finishing with a time of 25.78.
Akili also turned in a PR in the javelin throw on the day, covering a distance of 27.88m for her longest throw. Closing out the 1,500m with a top-15 showing was junior Tina Cesnik. The North Florida transfer clocked a final time of 4:44.78 for a new personal record in the event.
Rocking the long jump with top performances of the season were Samaria Allen and Jadae Joseph. Putting forth a top-20 effort, Allen lept to a distance of 5.17m for her best jump of the year. Joseph recorded her best leap as well, covering 4.71m.
Senior veteran Tieara Norman produced a top-10 finish while competing in the 400m hurdles, recording a season-best time of 1:04.06.
The Golden Eagles get right back to action for Western Kentucky's Hilltopper Relays taking place in Bowling Green, Ky. from Friday, Apr. 2 through Saturday, Apr. 3.
Photos by Tennessee Tech Track & Field