Saint Lucia’s Sharnique Leonce will be one of 15 young women joining the Tennessee Tech cross country and track & field programmes from next month.
The 21-year-old Ciceron Secondary alumna is going to be counted on as a key contributor for the Golden Eagles.
Head coach Wayne Angel and his staff are aiming to challenge for the Ohio Valley Conference title and regional honours in 2016. The incoming group of freshmen and transfers will be counted on to help achieve that goal. And few more so than Sharnique.
“We are very excited about our first signing class,” Angel said. “As a staff we have worked hard in identifying and recruiting to the needs of the programme. We have signed and assembled what we believe to be one of the top track and field classes in Tennessee Tech history.”
The second-year Tech coach pointed to Sharnique, a junior college All-American, as one of the six incoming signees who has “performed at a consistently high level.” She is one of four athletes stepping up from the junior college ranks for TTU.
Sharnique will enter Tennessee Tech as a junior, coming over from Iowa Western Community College. She will contest the women’s Pentathlon during the indoor season, and the Heptathlon during the outdoor season, as well as adding points in her individual events.
Sharnique was sixth in the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships and a three-time All-America during her career at Iowa Western. She placed fourth in the pentathlon and 100m hurdles and eighth in the high jump at the NJCAA Championships.
Sharnique’s career-best efforts at IWCC include 3,487 points in the pentathlon and 4,416 in the heptathlon. She has clocked times of 14.14 in the 100m hurdles and 25.19 at 200m, and has cleared 1.67m in the high jump.
The young Saint Lucian joins athletes from four other countries – Kenya, South Africa, Croatia, and Grenada – as well as athletes from seven different American states (Tennessee, California, Oregon, Alabama, Texas, South Carolina and Nevada) in the incoming class.