Austin Peay Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s cross country team split a dual five-kilometer competition with Murray State and Bethel, Saturday, at the Family Life Center Cross Country Course.
Austin Peay finished with 47 points in its dual with Murray State, which won with a better 15-point total.
However, the Lady Govs swamped Bethel, finishing with 15 points against Bethel’s 49-point outing.
Senior Jessica Gray led the Lady Govs, finishing sixth in the race with a personal-best time of 19:37. She was followed closely by freshman Sarah-Emily Woodward (8th, 19:57) and Rebecca Wheeler (10th, 20:15). Natalie Olberding, running her first race with the Lady Govs, was fourth across the line and 12th overall with a time of 20:54. Sarah Carpenter rounded out Austin Peay’s top five, finishing 16th with a time of 21:35.
“On the women’s side I believe we made progress,” said head coach Doug Molnar. “Murray State is a very good team, maybe one of the top three teams in the conference. Despite missing two of our top three runners, we ran fairly competitively. Jessica ran a personal best and Sarah Emily ran well. In addition, Natalie ran really well for her first race. Once we get healthy and we get two of our runners back we’ll be a lot better.”
Also competing for Austin Peay were Alehia Romero (17th, 21:36) and Michaela McGhee (22nd, 23:42).
Austin Peay returns to action in two weeks at the Jacksonville State Foothills Invitational, October 4th, which will be a preview of the Ohio Valley Conference Championship course.