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Austin Peay State University Track and Field have good showing at Vanderbilt Indoor Opener


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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUNashville, TN – For its first 2015-16 indoor effort, Austin Peay State University track and field team has a lot to hang its hat on after the Vanderbilt Indoor Opener, Saturday, at the Vanderbilt Indoor Multi-purpose facility.

Austin Peay Women's Track and Field do well at Vanderbilt Indoor Opener Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Track and Field do well at Vanderbilt Indoor Opener Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

The Govs best finish came thanks to the legs of junior Chancis Jones, who placed third in a stacked long jump field with a 5.86m (19-2.75) leap.

Not only was that a personal-best for the 2015 NCAA East Preliminary participant, it bested all indoor long jump marks by a Governor last season.

Two Austin Peay track stand-outs finished just outside the top three in their respective events. Junior Myiah Johnson kicked off the track portion of the event  with a fourth-place, 8.72 run in the 60m hurdles, while senior Kymmalett Ross followed a short while later with a fourth-place, personal-best 7.62 mark in the 60m dash.

With Breigh Jones trying her hand at the 800m on Saturday, junior Terri Morris led the way for Austin Peay’s 400m runner, posting a fifth-place, 56.67 run that bested all nine of her 400m attempts, both indoor and outdoor, from last season.

Senior Michella Carter began her final campaign with a strong showing in the shot put. The Memphis native’s 12.02m (39-5.5) toss earned her sixth place honors, and she was the top thrower in the event’s first flight.

A trio of freshmen found nice marks in the field events for Austin Peay. Nia Gibbs-Francis hit 1.61m (5-3.25) in the high jump, placing her ninth and equaling Austin Peay’s best indoor high jump from a year ago. Newcomers Dascha Hix and Savannah Amato both cleared 3.45m (11-3.75) in the pole vault, the best indoor vault mark by a Governor since the 2009-10 season.

Austin Peay’s 4x400m relay team of Jones, Ross, Morris and Allysha Scott closed the day with a fourth-place, 3:52.17 mark—nearly four-tenths of a second better than last season’s opening-weekend showing by Austin Peay’s top relay quartet.

The Govs will take a break for the Christmas holiday and return to action January 10th at the Ed Temple Invitational, hosted by Tennessee State.


Head coach Doug Molnar speaks after the Govs indoor season-opener at Vanderbilt.




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