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Tech building in right direction after final day of Al Schmidt Bulldog Relays

Tech building in right direction after final day of Al Schmidt Bulldog Relays

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.

Kendall Meddars had a season-best showing in the high jump on Friday, clearing 1.52m. Also on Friday, Ayanna Haywood and Trenia Stephens each raced to top times on the year in the 400m.

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.

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