By Layne Weitzel, TTU Sports Information
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech's outdoor track & field season has, so far, mirrored its indoor one earlier in the year.
Tech has consistently stayed atop the Ohio Valley Conference in its event times and marks, been ranked as high as 14th in the USTFCCCA South Region (a program-best and the highest regional ranking among OVC teams this season) and had a handful of Golden Eagles receive athlete of the week honors from the conference office.
But now, the team finds itself in a position it's unfamiliar with but thrilled to be in – looking to sweep both the indoor and outdoor OVC championships.
Better yet, on its home track in Cookeville.
Tennessee Tech hosts the OVC Outdoor Track & Field Championship from Thursday, May 10 through Saturday, May 12 at Tucker Stadium, welcoming eight men's and 11 women's programs to Cookeville. The championship is at Tech for the first time since 2010, giving the Golden Eagles a prime opportunity to clinch a conference title at home.
They're well-prepared to do it too, a year after finishing in third place at the 2017 championship. Tech leads the league in seven events (200m dash, 400m dash, 800m run, 5000m run, 10,000m run, 4x400m relay and heptathlon) and ranks second or third in five more (100m dash, 1500m run, 400m hurdles, 4x100m relay and high jump).