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Austin Peay Track and Field hosts APSU Invitational at Fortera Stadium this weekend

 

APSU Sports Information

APSU Women's Track and FieldClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University track and field will host its annual home meet, the APSU Invitational, this weekend at Fortera Stadium. The two-day event begins 5:00pm, Friday, and continues 10:00am, Saturday.

Austin Peay Track and Field will hold it's annual APSU Invitational at Fortera Stadium Friday and Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Track and Field will hold it’s annual APSU Invitational at Fortera Stadium Friday and Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

An oversize event is on tap for the Govs, which bring in a host of schools from around the region.

The Govs will host Ohio Valley Conference foes Belmont, Morehead State, Murray State, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin, as well as Division I athletes from Lipscomb, Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky. Bethel, Cumberland, Dalton State, Freed Hardeman, Kentucky State, Kentucky Wesleyan, Lindsey Wilson, Rust and Trevecca are expected to round out the collegiate portion of the event.

Be sure to get out to Fortera Stadium for Friday’s opening event so you can check out one of the nation’s best pole vaulters in action. Sophomore Savannah Amato ranks 17th in the NCAA East region thanks to last week’s 4.03m (13-2.50) mark at the Hilltopper Relays and will square off against Western Kentucky’s Morgan McIntyre, the only collegian who finished ahead of Amato last week.

A pair of jumpers hope that some home field advantage will propel them into the NCAA East field. Senior Kaylnn Pitts ranks 33rd in the region in the triple jump (12.44m; 40-9.75), while classmate Chancis Jones is one of only 22 athletes in the region ranking the top-75 in both the triple (66th, 12.01m [39-5.00]) and long (57th, 5.92m [19-5.25]) jumps.

After moving up to third in the OVC and 71st in the NCAA East in the 10,000m run two weeks ago at the Joey Haines Invitational, sophomore Emmaculate Kipaglat takes aim at the 5,000m run this week, while senior Myiah Johnson hopes to improve on her current third-place league standing in the 100m hurdles; the 13.77 she posted last week in Bowling Green was one-hundredth of a second off her own school record.

In her final home meet, senior Terri Morris will get a stout test; she currently ranks fourth in the OVC in the 400m dash (56.52) and will square off against conference-leader NaAsha Robinson from Tennessee Tech in the opening heat, Saturday.

This weekend’s event is free and open to the public. Live results will be hosted by SlipStream Timing, and complete results will be available at LetsGoPeay.com at the conclusion of competition.


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