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Niswonger Invitational next for Lady Govs Track and Field


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Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s track and field team will look for fast times at East Tennessee State’s Niswonger Invitational, Saturday, in the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.

Austin Peay is one of approximately 90 teams and more than 1500 athletes participating at the Niswonger Invitational. Teams range from all NCAA divisions, including host East Tennessee, Appalachian State, Davidson, Jackonsville State, Lipscomb, Vanderbilt, Alabama-Birmingham and Charleston Southern.

APSU Track and Field. (Photo Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

APSU Track and Field. (Photo Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

“We will be looking to take advantage of great competition and a great facility,” head coach Doug Molnar said. “This is a great place to run fast. We still aren’t at full strength as the flu continues to hamper us. We look forward to posting some good times to set us up for the conference meet in a few weeks.”

The Lady Govs posted good results, last week, at the TSU Invitational. Leigha Tollivar set a season-best 55-meter hurdle time to finish third and Chiamaka Obi led three Lady Govs runners with season-best times in the 200-meter dash. The distance crew showed its resiliency, led by Xiamer Richard’s second-place finish in the 5000-meter run.

Richards also led the distance-medley relay team to a season-best time. The Lady Govs broke the four-minute mark for the first time in the 4×400 relay and will be looking to improve on that time as well. Molnar will be without Jasmin Scott, who anchored the 4×400 relay team, as she is out with the flu. Distance runner Kayla Satterly also is out with the flu.

In the field events, Tollivar will look to regain the magic she had last year at the Niswonger Invitational where she set the APSU freshman long-jump record. Cenitra Hudson also will be returning the long and triple jump events after missing the TSU Invite with an injury.

“We continue to improve each week and we expect the same and more this week,” Molnar said. “We are also looking for both of our relays to improve this week even with Scott on the sidelines.”




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