Nashville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) men’s cross country team kicked off its 2019 season with a series of impressive runs in Nashville at the Belmont Opener, Friday.
Thomas Porter picked up right where he left off last season, finishing first for the Govs and 26th overall at 16:37.51.
Nash Young did not post another career best like he did in the 2017 version of this event, but still manage to finish with a team top-two performance and the top-30 finish (29th) with a time of 16:47.85.
A trio of Governors cross the finish line in a six-second time span. Senior Hezron Kiptoo was the first of the three and placed 42nd at 17:14.26. Less than five seconds later, Daniel Davis crossed the finish line in 46th place and timed 17:19.19. Exactly one second after, newcomer Ryan Martin rounded out the team top-five and timed 17:20.19 (47th).
Joseph Redman was the next Gov to finish with a time of 17:46.19, placing 57th. Two spots behind Redman, newcomer Elliot Reed placed 59th, checking in at 17:53.01 to finish off the Governors scoring day. William Norris came running in just three spots after Reed and posted a 62nd-place finish with a time of 18:17.73. Andrew Abel finished off the Austin Peay day with a time of 20:56.88 (71st).
Nine teams were in the Belmont Opener with the host Belmont coming out on top.
“Thomas, Nash, Hezron, Daniel, Ryan, and Joseph all had great starts,” said Austin Peay head coach Valerie Brown. “The best part about today was some of them felt like they had more left in the tank or it felt easy. With them feeling like that, it is always a good sign in training and prepping for the OVC later on.”
The Govs will be well prepared and rejuvenated to travel up north to Edwardsville to run in the SIUE John Flamer Invitational, September 13th.