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Instant Peay Play: Marco Iten and Breigh Jones reaching NCAA finals highlight Austin Peay State University Athletic Department’s 2014
Clarksville, TN – With the 2014 calendar coming to an end this week, there were several highlights over the past 12 months for the Austin Peay Athletic Department, but topping the list has to be the NCAA Championship appearances by Marco Iten in Men’s golf and Breigh Jones in women’s outdoor track and field.
Iten, a senior, would start his run to the NCAA men’s golf championships by winning Ohio Valley Conference medalist honors by a shot, which earned his a spot in the NCAA Regional in Auburn, AL.
Iten would finish 55th at the NCAA finals – despite dealing with several weather delays – finishing the three-day event with a 4-over par 214 total, the best scoring total for any OVC golfer to make the NCAA Championships in conference history and the second best finish by a OVC golfer in conference history.
Jones, a sophomore, qualified for the NCAA Regional in Jacksonville, FL with a OVC gold-medal winning time in the
At the Regional, Jones ran a 52.82 to reach the finals and one there ran a time of 52.65 to set the OVC record, while earning a spot in the NCAA Championship at Eugene, OR, with a seventh-place finish to make the top 24 in the nation.
At the NCAA finals, the first by a Lady Govs track and field athlete since 2001, Jones finished seventh in her heat – with a time of 53.77 – and 20th overall in the championships.
In other highlights in 2014:
Women’s Basketball—Freshman Tearra Banks was named to the OVC All-Newcomers Team.
Men’s Basketball—Sophomore Chris Horton and senior Travis Betran were named second- and fourth team respectively by College Sports Madness.
Robles was also selected to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-Freshman team and to the Baseball America Freshman All-America First Team and along with teammates Dre Gleason, Logan Gray, Bredlau and Smith.
Softball—Senior Lauren de Castro earned First-Team All-OVC honors for the third time – the second Lady Gov in the programs history to be so honored.
Men’s Tennis—Senior Jasmine Ademovic was named First-Team All-OVC, while juniors Alekas Tverijonas and Dimitar Ristoviski earned second-team honors.
Football—The new Governors Stadium was unveiled to rave reviews, while senior punter Ben Campbell broke a 32-year old OVC record with 93 total punt attempts during the season.
Soccer—Sophomore Gina Fabbro was named Second-Team All-OVC.
Volleyball—Senior Jada Stotts was named First-Team All-OVC, while freshman Ashley Slay was named to the All-OVC Newcomers Team.
Cross Country—The Governors won their first in-season meet since 2011, when they won the JSU Foothills Invitational.
So as the calendar nears the start of 2015, here’s to more success for the Governors and Lady Govs in the new year, as they continue to compete on the field of competition against the best in both the OVC and NCAA.
Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.
Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS.
Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA.
Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.
Web Site: http://www.clarksvillesportsnetwork.com
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