APSU Women’s Track and Field
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s track and field team will have another chance to grade their fall training schedule when it competes at the MT Christmas Invitational, beginning at 2:00pm, Friday, at Middle Tennessee’s Murphy Center.
The five-team meet includes host Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Ohio Valley Conference member Tennessee State, Alabama-Birmingham and Austin Peay.“This will be our second test of the season and we will look to build on what we started last week,” head coach Doug Molnar said. “I thought we had a great start and some outstanding performances for early in the season.”
The Lady Govs had an impressive start to the indoor season at the Saluki Fast Start, last Saturday. In what Molnar classified as the team’s best start during his time at Austin Peay, a group of experienced sprinters led the Lady Govs to a number of high finishes.
Cenitra Hudson neared the school-record in the 60-meter dash and Chiamaka Obi finished second in the 600-meter dash. Ashley Carson and Leigha Tolliver also brought home top-10 finishes in the 60-meter hurdles.
Perhaps the most notable improvement was with the 400-meter relay team. Alexandra Pinkston, Candace Johson, Carson and Obi ran the relay almost seven seconds faster than their season-opening time, last season.
Molnar also was pleased with the jumpers, particularly April Holman who finished fourth in the high jump. Molly Basch began her quest to replace OVC Champion vaulters Carrie Burggraf and Molly Bartkiewicz with a fourth-place vault to finish seventh at the Fast Start.
“Everybody looked good (last weekend),” Molnar said, “but we will have to continue to improve to get to where we want come OVC Championship time. We’ll use this meet as another gauge. This weekend, we will have everybody in action. Our distance runners and all of our sprinters will now be added into the mix.”