APSU Sports Information
Murfreesboro, TN – Austin Peay State University track and field displayed its on-track prowess at Saturday’s MT Invitational, putting at least one runner in the top-five in six of seven individual races at the Murphy Center.Senior Breigh Jones picked up one of two victories for the program on the weekend. The Memphis native’s 56.82 mark in the 400m dash gave her the win by better than three-tenths of a second over Middle Tennessee’s Loveth Odia.
Jones also led Austin Peay’s 200m contingent, which swept the four-through-eight spots in the field. Her 25.39 mark placed her fourth overall and put her at the head of an Austin Peay quintet that also included junior Tamira Wilson (fifth, personal-best 25.78), sophomore Sonja White (sixth, 25.86), junior Myiah Johnson (seventh, 26.38) and senior Lamontra Robinson (eighth, 26.19).
Johnson earned APSU’s other win in the 55m hurdles, winning by nearly a tenth of a second (8.11) over Middle Tennessee’s India Hammond. White also posted a strong showing the hurdles, finishing fourth with an 8.23 run.
Senior Kymmalett Ross continued her torrid pace. After setting or tying two school records a week ago, Ross was runner-up in the 55m dash this week, with her personal-best 7.08 mark four-hundredths of a second behind the winning time posted by Tennessee State’s Amber Hughes.
In longer distances, APSU got top-five finishes from junior Unjula Lester (800m, fifth, personal-best 2:18.63), senior Alexis Eldridge (3000m, fourth, 11:31.61) and sophomore Sarah-Emily Woodward (3000m, fifth, 11:57.45).
Austin Peay’s best field performance came Friday night at a completely different facility. Freshman Savannah Amato‘s third-place showing at the Don DeNoon Invitational in Carbondale, Illinois, saw her post a 3.73m (12-02.75) mark in the pole vault, while classmate Dascha Hix wasn’t far behind at 3.58m (11-09.00), earning sixth-place honors.
In Murfreesboro, senior Michella Carter‘s 12.19m toss in the shot put earned her runner-up honors, while freshman Nia Gibbs-Francis continued a string of solid outings with a fifth-place, 1.60m high jump—her third career top-five showing.
Indoor track and field action continues for the Governors next week at the Spire Invitational in Geneva, Ohio.