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Austin Peay Lady Govs Track and Field head to Nashville for the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational this weekend

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Women’s Track and Field

Austin Peay State University Lady GovsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s track and field team continues the outdoor season at Vanderbilt’s Black and Gold Invitational, Friday and Saturday, at the Vanderbilt Track Complex.

AAustin Peay State University Women’s Track and Field.
Austin Peay State University Women’s Track and Field.

Among the 19 teams competing are host Vanderbilt, Southern Illinois, Saint Louis, Memphis, Lipscomb and Western Kentucky, along with Ohio Valley Conference members Southeast Missouri, Murray State and Tennessee Tech.

“This meet in only its second year has really grown and will be very competitive,” head coach Doug Molnar said. “We’re taking a small group, giving our distance runners off and resting a few others that are banged up.”

Candace JohnsonIn all, Austin Peay will compete in 10 events, participating in the 200-, 400- and 800-meter runs, along with 100- and 400-meter hurdles on the track. In the field events, the Lady Govs will be in the high and long jump as well as the pole vault, shot put and hammer throw.

In the field events, Molnar is expecting a strong performance from senior Tanesha Campbell – the Lady Govs only All-OVC honoree during the indoor season. Campbell spent the indoor season extending the APSU shot put record, and after one outdoor meet, already owns the APSU outdoor mark at 13.96 meters.

“We’ll be looking for strong marks in the shot put and the hammer from Tanesha,” Molnar said. “Her practices have been going well and she’s ready to throw far.”

Chantelle GreySenior Candace Johnson is slated to run the 200- and 400-meter dash, looking to improve her 59.25 400-meter time set at Coastal Carolina. It will be Johnson’s first outdoor 200-meter race this season. Alyx Pinkston also will run the 200- and 400-meters, along with Kelly Colbert.

Chantelle Grey is making her first appearance in the 400-meters after a terrific indoor season where she primarily ran the 800-meters and the relays. Last week at Coastal Carolina, Grey set a personal-best in the 1500-meter run at 4:42.99. Taelor Slaughter, meanwhile, will be making her first attempt at the 400-meter hurdles.

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