APSU Sports Information
Nashville, TN – It wasn’t always easy for Austin Peay State University track and field team on the the first day of competition at the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships, but the Governors powered through to put themselves in good position for Saturday’s finals.Senior Breigh Jones has a chance to repeat as 400m indoor champion after qualifying seventh (57.82), but it was junior Terri Morris who was the top runner for APSU in the 400m dash.
Morris posted a 57.14 qualifying mark, winning the fourth heat and qualifying third overall.
Senior Kymmalett Ross will be busy again on Saturday. She qualified fourth for the finals in the 55m dash after equaling her personal-best with a 7.04 run in the event; she’ll also be a contender in the 200m dash after qualifying third thanks to a 24.51 run.
Junior Myiah Johnson will represent the Governors in the 55m hurdles after posting a personal-best 8.05 mark to qualify fifth; she’s now reached the finals in the hurdles in her past four OVC Championship appearances (two outdoor, two indoor).
APSU earned points in two events, Friday, with freshman Nia Gibbs-Francis opening the scoring with an eighth-place, 1.57m (5-1.75). The Govs closed out the afternoon with a seventh-place showing in the distance medley relay, with juniors Molly Jordan, Tamira Wilson, Michaela McGhee and Unjala Lester covering the course in a season-best 12:40.50 time.
Despite the Governors successes Friday, Austin Peay narrowly missed earning points in three other events. Jordan narrowly missed qualifying for the 800m final by less than four-hundredths of a second, while sophomore Sonja White (8.27 in the 55m hurdles) and Allysha Scott (57.96 in the 400m dash) each finished ninth in their events, with the top eight qualifying for the finals and the points that entails.
Action continues with an 11:00am start, Saturday at the Gentry Center.