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Austin Peay State University Women’s Track and Field have strong first outing

 

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Women’s Track and Field

Austin Peay State University Lady GovsNashville, TN – Senior Chantelle Grey took home top honors in the women’s 800m run in Austin Peay State University women’s track and field teams outdoor season-opening event at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold, Saturday, at the Vanderbilt Track Complex.

APSU's Xiamar Richards in the 3000m run. Austin Peay Women's Track and Field.

APSU’s Xiamar Richards in the 3000m run. Austin Peay Women’s Track and Field.

Grey’s 2:09.03 mark was more than a second ahead of her nearest competition, which featured runners from Louisville, Memphis, Michigan and Vanderbilt, among others. It marks Grey’s second consecutive sub-2:10 mark, after she finished the 800m at the Alex Wilson Invitational in 2:08.12.

“Chantelle hung back a little bit and broke on the back stretch,” said head coach Doug Molnar. “She set the meet record and looked great doing it.”

 APSU's Miranda Weed

APSU’s Miranda Weed

Grey also ran the a leg of the Lady Govs 4x400m relay; she joined freshmen Breigh Jones, Kymmalett Ross and Taleor Slaughter in a 3:52.26 run, taking runner-up honors behind Miami (Ohio).

Sophomore Erika Adams was one of three competitors to earn a ninth-place finish in the 100m dash, with her career-best 12.34 mark bettering any result a Lady Gov had in that event in 2012. Sophomore Natalie Olberding’s 1:03.56 mark in the 400m hurdles also was better than any outdoor mark by a Lady Gov in 2012; she finished eighth overall.

“Natalie came out of the slower heat and was phenomenal,” Molnar said. “She’ll be a force to contend with during outdoor season. Erika had personal-bests in the 100 and 200; she really got out to a good start.”

APSU's Nicole Bressner

APSU’s Nicole Bressner

Junior Xiamar Richards placed 12th in the 3000m run, with her 10:11.13 mark bettering her all-time best by nearly three seconds.

In pole vault action, senior Nicole Bressner finished seventh behind a 3.16m (10’ 4.25”) mark.

“We were a little slow out of the gate,” said head coach Doug Molnar. “We came back and had a lot of good marks, which is nice for the first race out of the break. I was really pleased with how we performed after the lay-off.”

The Lady Govs host the APSU Invitational, Saturday, at Governors Stadium.

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