Charleston, IL- Senior Chantelle Grey won the 800m run for Austin Peay State University women’s track and field team on the final day of the OVC Indoor Track and Field Championships at Lantz Arena, lifting the Lady Govs after a disappointing first-day showing.
The Lady Govs 44 team points placed them eighth overall. Southeast Missouri’s women scored 101 points to win the women’s indoor title over runner-up Tennessee State (95 points) and host Eastern Illinois (88 points).The 2013 OVC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, Grey lived up to that billing, Saturday, winning the event with a 2:12.61 mark that was nearly three seconds faster than her next closest competitor. She’s Austin Peay’s first indoor 800m champion since Sheena Gooding won the event four years in a row (1999-2002) during her Hall of Fame career.
She led the Lady Govs 4x400m relay team to a third-place finish with a 3:51.64 run with help from freshman Breigh Jones and Kymmalett Ross and junior Taelor Slaughter.
“Chantelle was never challenged today,” said head coach Doug Molnar. “She ran a phenomenal race in the 800, then came back and moved us from fourth to third during her leg of the 4×400. She really carried us today.”
Jones rallied slightly from a low qualifying mark, finishing seventh with a 57.21 mark to earn the Lady Govs two points toward the team tally.
Coming off her fourth-place run in yesterday’s 5000m run, junior Xiamar Richards placed sixth in Saturday’s 3000m run with a 10:18.88 mark, earning three points toward the Lady Govs team total.
Like Richards, senior thrower Jasmine Foster followed up on her strong start with an equally impressive Saturday performance. She finished sixth in the shot put with a 12.96m (42′ 6.25″) toss.
In her final Indoor championship, senior Cenitra Hudson placed sixth in the triple jump with an 11.54m (37′ 10.50″) leap.
Austin Peay split a point in the pole vault, with senior Nicole Bressner and junior Molly Basch both hitting 3.10m (10′ 2.0″) to tie for eighth.
“We picked ourselves up today,” Molnar said. “I think some of our younger kids were a bit intimidated on the first day. We talked about it last night, and I think they showed more toughness and aggression today.”