APSU Sports Information Office
Chattanooga, TN – The Austin Peay State University men’s cross country team travelled across the state to compete in Friday’s Powerade Invitational, hosted by Chattanooga at Moccasin Bend. The meet, which was held in the unique “double dual” format, saw the Governors go 3-3 on the afternoon.
The Govs were able to defeat Alabama State (27-30), Jacksonville State (25-30) and Tennessee State (19-44) but fell to hosts Chattanooga (19-37), Tennessee (15-44) and UT Martin (22-36).
The Governors were led in the five-kilometer race by sophomores Daniel Hamm (16:18.00), Kyle Harmon (16:42.32) and Michael Haycraft (16:54.31). Rounding out the scoring five for the Govs were sophomores Hunter Guthrie (17:35.06) and Thomas Owen (18:23.01). Sophomore Nathan Sparks (18:37.45) and freshman Mickey Fils (18:37.45) also saw action in the race held on the outskirts of the Scenic City.
The Governors were able to go 2-1 against Ohio Valley Conference competition in the meet. This fact is extremely encouraging for head coach Doug Molnar.
“We were more competitive in this meet,” Molnar said. “The fact that we were able to go 2-1 against conference rivals and that the dual with UT Martin was close…those are good signs. We were able to improve, and with such a young team, that is exactly what you want from week-to-week.”
Austin Peay will take a week off from competition before hosting the APSU Invitational. The race will be held at 5:00pm September 19th, at the Family Life Center Cross Country Course.