Tech places in top 20 at Florida's Mountain Dew Invitational

Tech places in top 20 at Florida's Mountain Dew Invitational

By Layne Weitzel, TTU Sports Information

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Tech appeared in its second-straight SEC program-hosted meet on Saturday morning, competing in Florida's Mountain Dew Invitational at the Mark Bostick Golf Course. It marked the team's first-ever appearance at the meet.

The Golden Eagles generated 398 points to finish in 17th, with freshman Purity Sanga leading the team in third place individually. Her time of 17:46.8 now stands as the fifth-fastest in Tech 5k history.

Micayla Rennick was next for Tech, placing 28th with a time of 18:50.1. Madison Stremler followed in 84th place at 19:52.4. Anna Cooper finished in 20:23.0 to place 118th, and D'Airrien Jackson rounded out the Tech squad in 231st with a time of 23:32.0.

"I am so proud of our women," said head coach Wayne Angel. "They continue to improve every time they compete. They were in the top 20 in a field consisting of 32 teams.  I saw a lot of courage, heart and guts out there today – I guess you could call it Tech pride.

"Purity was phenomenal again. To be so young, she runs like a seasoned vet. I was also pleased with Micayla, Madison, Anna and D'Airrien. They raced exceptionally well on this course."


  1. Florida (88 points) – No. 8 in the South Region
  2. FIU (148 points)
  3. North Florida (156 points) – No. 14 in the South Region
  4. Florida State (168 points) – No. 4 in the South Region
  5. Jacksonville (189 points)
  6. UCF (228 points* -- won the tiebreaker with Tampa)
  7. Tampa (288 points)
  8. Embry-Riddle (237 points)
  9. Florida A&M (244 points)
  10. Florida Atlantic (264 points)
  11. Miami (FL) [273 points]
  12. Saint Leo (332 points)
  13. Florida Tech (354 points)
  14. USF (362 points* -- won the tiebreaker with Flagler)
  15. Flagler (362 points)
  16. Troy (394 points)
  17. TENNESSEE TECH (398 points)
  18. Stetson (414 points)
  19. St. Thomas (FL) [418 points]
  20. Florida Gulf Coast (488 points)
  21. Palm Beach Atlantic (630 points)
  22. Keiser (709 points)
  23. Mobile (743 points)
  24. Bethune-Cookman (752 points)
  25. Pasco-Hernando State (757 points)
  26. Ave Maria (761 points)
  27. South Florida State (850 points)
  28. Tallahassee CC (872 points)
  29. Florida State College at Jacksonville (889 points)
  30. Edward Waters (905 points)
  31. Florida College (910 points)
  32. Chipola (928 points)


Tech has the remainder of the month off from competition and will spend time preparing for adidas® Pre-Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Photo by Jim Dillon