By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech track and field program will compete in its third-straight multi-day meet this weekend, staying in-state for Vanderbilt's Black and Gold Invitational in Nashville.
Black and Gold Invitational
Apr. 16-17, 2021 – Located at the Vanderbilt Track & Field Complex in Nashville, Tenn. Friday's action will kick off with field events at 4:00 p.m. CT and running events at 5:00 p.m. On Saturday, field events will begin at 10:00 a.m. while the running events are slated to kick off at 12:00 p.m.
What to Watch For
Following nearly two full weeks without competition, the Golden Eagles return to action at Vanderbilt's yearly event held in Nashville. This marks Tech's third-straight multi-day meet after beginning the year with a single-day event in Mobile, Ala.
The purple and gold last competed at the Hilltopper Relays in Bowling Green, Ky. to open the month, with a solid round of results to show for the effort. Sophomore Jalena Curbeam turned in the top performance, finishing fourth in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 10.93m.
Freshman Cayla Johnson snagged a top-10 finish with a throw of 25.63m in the javelin and also collected a season-best showing in the high jump, clearing 1.55m. Fellow rookie Katie Long placed sixth in the javelin with a distance of 34.36m.
Also tallying a season milestone in the triple jump was freshman Jadae Joseph. The Miami native posted a mark of 10.77m, finishing sixth in the triple jump. Right behind her was fellow rookie Samaria Allen in seventh place. The native of Lithonia, Ga. leaped to a distance of 10.70m for a season-best mark.
Another Tech freshman captured a top-five finish on the day, as Trenia Stephens raced to a fifth-place showing in the 100m. She turned in a time of 12.53 in her first taste of the event at the collegiate level.
The Golden Eagles compete next at the Maroon and White Invite hosted by Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. Friday, Apr. 30 through Saturday, May 1.
Photos by Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information