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Charleston, IL – Austin Peay State University women’s track and field team faces its season’s biggest test, Friday-Saturday, at the 2018 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Lantz Indoor Fieldhouse on the Eastern Illinois campus.
The championships begin at 9:00am, Friday with the Indoor Pentathlon events.
The full day’s slate begins at 2:30pm with the opening stages of the field events followed by the track events kicking off at 3:00pm.
Austin Peay will look toward the pole vault, where it holds a considerable advantage in depth, to get its run for the team championship started.
Saturday has traditionally been moving day in the championship with the shot put and triple jump field events getting underway at 11:00am followed by the track events at 1:30pm. The championship concludes with the one-mile relay event, where the Govs rank fourth among the league’s teams, before the team champions are crowned.
Austin Peay finished fifth in last season’s indoor championship, but were only one point behind fourth-place finisher Eastern Kentucky. The Governors will look to build on that finish with a young squad led primarily by sophomores and freshmen during the season.
What To Watch
Pole Vault (2:30pm, Friday)
Austin Peay has been Pole Vault University this season, entering the championship with its athletes holding four of the top six marks in event to date. Juniors Savannah Amato (1st, 4.15m) and Dascha Hix (2nd, 3.79m) enter the meet as the favorites. If the Govs land four among the top eight in the event it will get their championship off to a quick start.
60-Metor Dash (2:25pm, Saturday finals)
Sophomore Diamond Battle will look to improve on her fourth-place finish in the 60 meters in last season’s championship and enters this season’s meet ranked fourth among OVC runners in the event. She will be joined by sophomore Tymeitha Tolbert who is currently ranked sixth in the 60-meter dash after last weekend’s result at the Ohio State tuneup, her 7.71 second mark nearly two-tenths of a second better than last season’s result at the championship.
60-Meter Hurdles (9:00am, Saturday finals)
Freshman Lennex Walker will look to claim a podium spot in her first appearance at the championship after posting the third-best mark in the event among conference competitors this indoor season.
400-Meter Dash (2:05pm, Saturday finals)
Freshman Sabrina Richman has impressed in her rookie campaign, entering the championship ranked fifth among OVC runners with a time of 56.83. Meanwhile, sophomore Amelia Thiesing has a time of 57.23 in the event that is sixth among OVC runners and more than two seconds better than her time in last season’s championships.
Indoor Pentathlon (All Day Friday)
Freshman Lennex Walker could be lurking for a big finish at the championships, entering the meet ranked fourth in the league with 3,363 points. That total would have finished second in last season’s meet.