APSU Women’s Cross Country
Louisville, KY – Austin Peay State University women’s cross country team showed signs of improvement, finishing 23rd in the blue race of the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic, Saturday, at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park.
The Lady Govs were 23rd out of 34 teams in the blue race, the second of three races at the event. Austin Peay finished ahead of Ohio Valley Conference foes Southeast Missouri (27th) and Morehead State (30th) which were also seeded into the blue race.Junior Janelle Avery returned to action after missing last week’s event at Memphis and finished an impressive 49th in the 287-woman field with a time of 19:23.70 over the five-kilometer course.
However, it was junior Alyssa Molnar’s performance that elicited the most praise from head coach Doug Molnar. The Lady Govs No. 5 has struggled to maintain a close distance with the team’s top four runners. However, she was able to stay within sight of the team leaders, Saturday, trailing team No. 4 Kendra Kirksey by less than one minute. Molnar finished 206th overall with a time of 21:27.27.
Freshman Xiamar Richards finished 53rd overall with a time of 19:26.64 and was followed by freshman Miranda Weed (86th, 20:45.14) and Kirksey (151st, 20:45.15).
“I thought we performed very well today,” said Molnar. “We met several of our goals, the biggest getting the fifth finisher closer to the front four. Nearly everybody finished today with a personal best, which is nice to see as the season winds down.”
Austin Peay will take the upcoming week off before returning to action, October 16th, at the Fast Cats Invitational in Owensboro, KY.