APSU Sports: Austin Peay Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s indoor track and field team takes to the OSU Tune Up, hosted by Ohio State, to make its final preparations for the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The meet starts with the field events, 5:00pm, Friday, while the running events begin at 6:00pm, in the French Fieldhouse. Among the teams in the attendance are host Ohio State, Ohio University and Marshall, as well as several individuals.
“This is always a competitive meet,” head coach Doug Molnar said. “A lot of the smaller schools are going to be looking to qualify for the respective national championships. Most teams like to take off the week prior to the conference championship, but I think it’s good to keep the competition going.”
Not only is the meet an opportunity to face some of the NCAA’s top competition, it also will allow many of the Lady Govs a chance to compete in front of friends and family. Among the Lady Govs calling Ohio home are Alyssa Molnar and Miranda Weed (Avon Lake, Ohio), Molly Basch (Cincinnati), Janelle Avery and Kendra Kirksey (Huber Heights, Ohio) and Lauren Lyles (Euclid, Ohio).
The Lady Govs will take the full team to Ohio State, but most athletes will participate in limited events with many running step-down races. Junior Chantelle Grey, who holds the OVC’s current 800-meter mark, will compete in the 600-meter run. Cenitra Hudson will run the 200 meters while Candace Johnson is slated to run the 200- and 400-meter race.
“This is our last chance to get ready for the OVC meet,” head coach Doug Molnar said. “I like to give them a chance to run a single event or drop down a distance. This way they can have a good race and keep things flowing.”