APSU Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – As has become tradition under head coach Doug Molnar, Austin Peay State University track and field will kick off the indoor season with a pre-Christmas event, traveling to Music City for the Vanderbilt Indoor Opener, Saturday, at Vandy Fieldhouse.
Action is set to begin with the high jump and weight throw at 10:30am; running events are scheduled to start at 1:00pm with the 60m hurdles. Spectator admission is $5.00.
A quartet of Ohio Valley Conference schools will join the Govs in Nashville with Belmont, Tennessee State, Murray State and Tennessee Tech scheduled to send athletes to the event. Regional powerhouses such as Memphis, Louisville, Lipscomb and Western Kentucky also are slated to compete.
This event was the site of last season’s indoor opener, which marked the collegiate debuts of sophomores Dascha Hix and Savannah Amato; the duo burst onto the scene with a flourish, tying for 10th and going on to each earn an OVC gold medal in the pole vault during their freshman seasons.
Now a senior, Chancis Jones opened her junior season at Vanderbilt last season with a personal-best 5.86m long jump, placing third. She and Kaylnn Pitts both look to bounce back strong from injury-plagued seasons a year ago to regain the form that made both NCAA East Preliminary qualifiers in 2015.
Another senior, Myiah Johnson, is well-acquainted with the track at Vanderbilt; her personal-best 8.55 in the 60m hurdles at last season’s Music City Challenge was just six-hundredths of a second off the school-record pace.
This will be the Austin Peay debut for a number of newcomers to the Governor ranks: Jada Allen (60m/200m/400m dash), Jala Allen (200m/400m dash), Diamond Battle (60m/200m dash), Kaitlyn Black (200m/400m dash), Garielle Netter (60m dash), Maya Perry-Grimes (triple/long jump, 60m/200m dash), Amelia Thiesing (200m/400m dash, high jump) all will make their first appearance in an APSU uniform.
The Govs will take the rest of 2016 off before returning to action January 7th, 2017 at the Gene Edmonds Invitational, hosted by Purdue.