COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – In this present climate with the region recovering from the effects of natural disasters and pandemics, part of the mission for Tennessee Tech’s student-athletes is to give back to their community.
Essential to that mission is the Anna Cooper’s Backpack Buddies initiative, named after the former Golden Eagle track and field and cross country student-athlete who helped initiate the program during the 2016-17 year and has been a vital part of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s outreach efforts.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Tech Athletics has officially launched the newly redesigned TTUSports.com, providing Golden Eagle fans the same access to information, stories, stats and more they had before with a fresh, more modern look.
The Ohio Valley Conference Board of Presidents has announced fall competition and championships in the sports of football, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball will be postponed due to the concerns and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference Board of Presidents has reiterated its intention for the Conference to commence competition this fall if the facts surrounding the pandemic support it. The Board agreed to postpone the start of competition in fall Olympic sports until September 17 and to conduct conference-only competition in women’s soccer and volleyball. This decision does not include football at this time due to existing contractual matters.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech track and field announces the signing of 16 student-athletes to the Golden Eagles 2020-21 signing class on Wednesday, announced by head coach Peter Dalton. The latest group of Golden Eagles hail from seven states - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, and Tennessee - with an international addition from Slovenia.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It was a warm May weekend in Cookeville, but it wasn’t just the temperatures heating up the Tucker Stadium track as the Tennessee Tech women’s track and field team was burning rubber, dominating the competition as it earned the 2018 Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
The Golden Eagles finished with 151 points – well out of reach of second-place Murray State at 101 – and earned Wayne Angel his second OVC Track and Field Coach of the Year honor to go along with the Indoor award he received after Tech won the indoor championship just three months earlier.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference Board of Presidents have announced effective immediately the cancelation of all intercollegiate competitions, including OVC Championships, through the end of the 2019-20 academic year due to the COVID-19 public health threat.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference Board of Presidents have announced that effective immediately OVC member institutions will suspend athletic-related activities including all competition, and formal practices until further notice due to the COVID-19 public health threat.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Senior Lisa Wickham claims her third OVC Female Track Athlete of the Week honor as she was named Co-Female Track Athlete of the Week following another record-breaking performance at the Samford Bulldog Invitational this past weekend.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Tennessee Tech track and field team returns to action on Saturday for its final regular season meet of the indoor season as the program heads to Birmingham, Ala. for the Bulldog Invitational, hosted by Samford University.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Following a pair of school-record breaking performances, senior Lisa Wickham and freshman Lyn’Nikka Vance were named Ohio Valley Conference Athletes of the Week, announced by the league office on Wednesday.
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Four Golden Eagles claimed individual crowns and several other individuals showed out with strong performances this weekend at the Buccaneer Invite at East Tennessee State’s ETSU/MSHA Mini-Dome.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - Senior sprinter Lisa Wickham has been named Ohio Valley Conference Female Track Athlete of the Week following her record-breaking performance at the Blazer Invitational, announced by the conference office on Wednesday.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior Lisa Wickham and Freshman Lyn’Nikka Vance highlighted the Golden Eagles season-opener at the Blazer Invitational at the Birmingham Crossplex on Friday, hosted by the University of Alabama Birmingham.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Tennessee Tech track and field program opens its 2019-20 indoor season on Friday, Jan. 10 as they head to Birmingham for the Blazer Invitational hosted by the University of Alabama Birmingham at the Birmingham Crossplex. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with the throwing events, followed by the track events at 10:45 a.m. and run throughout the day.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Following five-years away from the program, Tennessee Tech head coach Peter Dalton announced the addition of former Golden Eagle head coach Tony Cox as a volunteer assistant coach for the track and field and cross country programs.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Peter Dalton has seen what the Ohio Valley Conference can offer when it comes to cross country and track and field. With five years under his belt at UT Martin, he helped bring the Skyhawk programs to new heights.
Now Dalton gets the chance to build upon the efforts started by Wayne Angel and his staff as he was announced Friday as Tennessee Tech’s newest head coach in cross country and track and field.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank [Tech Director of Athletics] Mark Wilson and [Tennessee Tech] President [Dr. Phil] Oldham for this opportunity,” Dalton said. “During my time on campus, it became apparent that the staff was wholeheartedly committed to the student-athletes in every way. I look forward to working with the coaching staff and talented student-athletes, so that we can ensure the athletes graduate with a bright future and a championship-winning experience.”
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Former Tennessee Tech cross country and track and field student-athlete Anna Cooper passed away on Monday following her battle against a rare form of cancer. She was 23.
Cooper graduated from Tech in May 2018, wrapping up a four-year career on the Golden Eagles’ cross country and track and field teams. She was a member of Tech’s first Ohio Valley Conference women’s indoor and outdoor track and field championship teams. Cooper also set a personal-best time in the 800-meter run in the OVC Outdoor Championships in Tucker Stadium in 2018.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Khemani Roberts and Purity Sanga exerted tremendous effort among the nation’s elite at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary on Thursday, but unfortunately saw their 2019 outdoor seasons come to an end at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville.
“Very proud of these young ladies,” said Tech head coach Wayne Angel. “It was a very long season, and they accomplished what most (Ohio Valley Conference) athletes can only dream of. They certainly are a part of Tennessee Tech legend and lore.”
With the best collegiate athletes from the eastern half of the United States in attendance, the margin for error becomes incredibly slim.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Khemani Roberts, Purity Sanga and Raven Smith will bring their talents to the University of North Florida for the first round of collegiate track and field’s version of the postseason, the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary. UNF’s Hodges Stadium will be the venue for the three-day meet, which will be held Thursday-Saturday, May 23-25.
The Golden Eagle trio marks four straight outdoor seasons that the program has sent at least two athletes to the East Preliminary. Roberts and Sanga are both qualifiers for the second straight year.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Battling a cold rain that hung around for most of the day, the shorthanded Tennessee Tech track and field team received runner-up results from Raven Smith and Purity Sanga on its way to a sixth–place team finish on Saturday at the Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championships in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Taking sixth in the final standings ends Tech’s reign of three consecutive OVC championships (2018 indoor, 2018 outdoor, 2019 indoor), which were also the first three in the program’s history.
While some key pieces were not in the lineup this weekend, the Golden Eagles never gave up, and still managed to finished in the top half of the 12 women’s teams in attendance.