Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University track and field team opens its 2015-16 indoor season with a trip to Nashville for Saturday’s Vanderbilt Indoor Opener, hosted at the Commodores Indoor Multi-purpose facility.
Field events are scheduled to begin at 10:30am with the women’s high jump, while track events are slated for 1:00pm with the 60m hurdles. Admission is $5.00 per person.A wide array from teams across the region will open their indoor season at this event. Alongside Austin Peay and the host Commodores will be four Ohio Valley Conference schools—Belmont, Murray State, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech—and regional powers such as Lipscomb, Louisville and Memphis, among other schools.
Austin Peay opened up the 2014-15 season at this same meet, with Kymmalett Ross emerging as a bright spot thanks to a runner-up finish with a then-personal best 7.68 mark in the 60m dash and a third-place, personal-best 56.44 in the 400m. She will compete in both events, Saturday.
Ross’ sister Keyondria posted the Govs’ best high jump of the 2014-15 indoor campaign at this event a year ago, hitting 1.61m to place fourth in her first career event.
Kaylnn Pitts and Chancis Jones, last seen representing Austin Peay at the 2015 NCAA East Preliminary, will compete in the long jump but not the triple jump—an event in which they finished fourth and fifth, respectively, at last season’s event—this weekend. The long jump will feature five qualifiers from the 2015 NCAA East Preliminary—Pitts, Jones, Tennessee State’s Clairwin Dameus, Louisville’s Bre’Yana Wash and Middle Tennessee’s India Hammond.
Another standout, senior Breigh Jones, will not be competing in her specialty, the 400m dash, but will instead run the 800m and a leg of the 4x400m relay.
This meet also heralds the first time four Governors will compete for APSU. Nia Gibbs-Francis (high jump, 200m dash), Savannah Amato (pole vault), Dascha Hix (pole vault) and Nyasia Saines (60m dash) will see their first action in an Austin Peay uniform, Saturday.
Austin Peay will take the rest of December off for the holidays and resume indoor action at the Ed Temple Invitational hosted by Tennessee State, January 10th, in Nashville.