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Bowling Green, KY – A pair of Austin Peay State University track and field standouts posted notable Friday performances to open the Hilltopper Relays, hosted by Western Kentucky at Charles M. Reuter Track and Field Complex.
Sophomore Emmaculate Kiplagat won the 3,000m run with a 10:32.76 mark, best by a Gov since 2015 (Lydia Saina, Memphis Invitational). It’s Austin Peay’s first victory in the 3000m event since Xiamar Hudson’s victory at the 2014 Margaret Simmons Invitational.
“She had a great kick over the last 300 meters,” said head coach Doug Molnar. “She was about 15 meters behind and ran the girl down and ran away from her over the last 200 meters.”
Meanwhile, sophomore Savannah Amato may not have gotten the victory in the pole vault—she would finish third overall—but her 4.03m (13-2.50) mark was a season- and conference-best, it was a half-inch off her personal-best and should easily put her in the top-25 in the NCAA East region following the weekend. Gretchen Rosch (3.58m; 11-9.00) finished tenth, posting a personal-best as well.
“It gave us a good note to start the weekend with,” Molnar said. “That’ll probably get her into the Preliminary. That’ll put her 14th (in the region, based on marks entering the weekend) and that’s a mark that gets in every year.”
Action continues Saturday in Bowling Green, KY.