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Austin Peay Lady Govs Track and Field in second place after Day One of Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships

 

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Women’s Track and Field
Tanesha Campbell wins shot put

Austin Peay State University Lady GovsNashville, TN – Senior Tanesha Campbell, of the Austin Peay State University women’s indoor track and field team became an individual champion in the shot put and put the Lady Govs in second place after Day One of the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, Friday.

Tanesha Campbell wins OVC Indoor Championships Shot Put

Eastern Illinois leads the field with 56.5 points followed by the Lady Govs in second with 26.5 with Southeast Missouri, Tennessee State and Eastern Kentucky all tied with 26 points. Murray State (21), Jacksonville State (10) and Tennessee Tech (2) make up the rest of the field.

Campbell once again extended the APSU school record, this time to 14.67m, out-reaching the OVC championship field by almost a full meters distance. As the custom has been the season, Campbell’s scrutiny of her own routine paid off and her constant improvement in the event culminated on the medal stand.

“Tanesha really came through big for us today,” head coach Doug Molnar said. “I had a feeling going into this that she would have a big day, being a fifth-year senior and going back to Tennessee State. She’s had some good practices and we expect her to have another big day tomorrow.”

Xiamar RichardsMost importantly, Campbell secured 10 points for the Lady Govs, putting them in striking distance after the first day. She’ll have another chance to score for Austin Peay, Friday, during the weight throw.

The majority of Friday’s events were preliminary races, but also included championship heats in the 5,000-meter run and the distance medley relay, along with the high jump and long jump.

Xiamar Richards earned six points with a third-place finish the 5,000-meters. The Lady Govs distance medley relay team finished fifth to earn four points.

Lauren Lyles, meanwhile, gained 7.5 points. She tied for fifth in the high jump (3.5 pts) and finished sixth in the long jump (3 pts).

Austin Peay had four athletes qualify for championship heats, which will take place Saturday. Erika Adams will run the 55-meter dash, Candace Johnson will run the 200-meters and Chantelle Grey advanced in the 800-meter run. Lyles also qualified in the 55-meter hurdles.

“We had some good runs,” Molnar said. “This is probably the most competitive I’ve ever seen this meet. I think the top eight finishers in the long jump had personal bests. We did a good job staying in the mix and tomorrow we’ve got to be even faster.”

The OVC Indoor Championships continue, Saturday, at the Gentry Center. Fans can follow the championship through a live blog available through championship host Tennessee State on TSUTigers.com.


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