APSU Sports: Austin Peay Track and Field
Birmingham, AL – Chantelle Grey’s win in the 800-meter run highlighted Austin Peay State University women’s track and field team at the Blazer Invite, hosted by UAB, Thursday and Friday.
“This was a tough meet because it was a real short turnaround for us,” head coach Doug Molnar said. “We’ve got a young team and we haven’t had a lot of practice time here in the early going.”
Grey continues to shine after winning the 600-meter run and finishing second in the 800-meters at last week’s Ed Temple Classic Her 2:13.84 time in Birmingham, however, was just off her personal best.
Austin Peay’s 4×400-meter relay team came in 12th, but managed to break the four-minute mark coming in at 3:57.89 – a time that would have been the second-best mark in 2010-11. Sophomore Xiamar Richards finished 19th in the 3000-meter run (10:58.59) and Lauren Lyles was 15th in the 60-meter hurdles (9.20).
“We’ve shown some improvement on the track,” Molnar said. “Our relay team did really well considering we kind of pieced it together due to some injuries. It’s good to get under four minutes this early in the season. Xiamar’s splits looked pretty good, so I can see some improvement there as well.”
The Lady Govs also earned top-10 finishes in the field events. Nichole Bressner finished fifth (3.35m) and Molly Basch finished sixth (3.20m) in the pole vault. Tanesha Campbell, meanwhile, finished seventh (13.33m) in the shot put.
Austin Peay returns to action, January 20th, at the State Farm Games hosted by West Virginia.