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APSU Track and Field has select Lady Govs going to Athens for Georgia Invitational
Posted By Clarksville Online News Staff On Saturday, May 10, 2014 @ 8:00 am In Sports | No Comments
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University track and field team takes 13 student-athletes down to Athens, Georgia for the Georgia Invitational, designed to earn Lady Govs qualifying marks into the NCAA Preliminary Field or the US Junior National meet.
Austin Peay has not had more than two athletes attend the regional round of the NCAA Championships since the governing body adopted the current regional format in 2010.
This season – with the best indoor and outdoor Ohio Valley Conference championship marks in head coach Doug Molnar’s tenure already secured – the Lady Govs hope for an equally historic trip to Jacksonville, Florida May 29th-31st.
Two Lady Govs have to be feeling pretty good about their odds as they enter the weekend. Freshman Kaylnn Pitts already sits 32nd regionally in the triple jump at 12.63m (41’ 5.25”), comfortably inside the top-48 ranking necessary for a trip to North Florida.
She’ll almost certainly be joined by sophomore Breigh Jones, who seeks her second trip in the 400m dash – she ranks 40th entering the weekend after winning gold at last week’s OVC Outdoor Championships.
Freshman Terri Morris is following the path laid down by Jones last season, reaching her stride as the season draws nearer to regionals. She ranks 77th entering the weekend at 54.75, tied for 14th among freshmen in the region.
Freshman Brianna Kelly stands a good chance of joining Pitts as Lady Gov field representatives, but she’ll need to break an Austin Peay record that’s stood since the turn of the century. Kelly’s 1.70m (5’ 7”) mark is an inch behind the record first set by Felicia Hill and equaled by Lisa Addison and Lauren Maul, and would still be three-quarters of an inch short of qualifying as marks stand entering the weekend.
Xiamar Hudson will be the only senior to represent Austin Peay in the field at the Spec Towns Track, Saturday. She’ll run the 1500m event after breaking the school record on her way to bronze at the OVC Championships with a 4:34.95 run.
The 4x100m relay group also plans to run this weekend after winning silver last week in Edwardsville, Illinois. Jones, juniors Maikea Davis and Erika Adams and sophomore Kymmalett Ross will run the relay, with all four running additional events as individuals.
Austin Peay returns to the Peach State again next weekend, heading to Atlanta for the Georgia Tech Invitational.
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