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Austin Peay State University Track has success in Birmingham

APSU Women's Track and FieldBirmingham, AL – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) track and field team’s inaugural foray to the site of the 2020 Ohio Valley Conference Track and Field Championships was a rousing success, with the Govs continuing the positive across-the-board improvements they’ve displayed throughout the early meets of indoor season.

Austin Peay State University Track and Field saw improvements in Birmingham. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay State University Track and Field saw improvements in Birmingham. (APSU Sports Information)

The Austin Peay State University Govs picked up two wins on the track this weekend, both impressive showings from veteran performers.

Sabrina Richman once again dominated the 400m dash, posting a 56.14 mark for her season’s first win in the event to retake the league lead.

In the 60m hurdles, junior Lennex Walker’s 8.74 mark in the final was three-hundredths of a second off her league-leading showing at the Saluki Fast Start back in December. She won the event, while junior Kamille Dunbar finished seventh (9.10); her 8.94 in the preliminary round qualified her third and was her first sub-nine second run this season, and also would be fourth among OVC runners based on marks entering the weekend.

The legend of Kenisha Phillips grew a little larger this weekend. The Guyana native was one of the few Govs who got their weekend started on Friday, She roared to a third-place finish in the 200m dash at 24.93, marking back-to-back sub-25 second outings to start her collegiate career.

Saturday, she returned to action in the 60m dash, making the finals and placing fourth overall with a 7.76 mark; sophomore Kyra Wilder also made the final, taking eighth at 7.81.

Put sophomore thrower Kori McDaniel down for a solid weekend. In the weight throw, she launched a personal-best 15.05m toss to take fourth, while her 13.00m shot put placed her third overall. Teammate Jackie Verseman also took seventh in the shot, thanks to an 11.81m toss.

Reigning OVC Field Athlete of the Week Karlijn Schouten proved last week was no fluke, reaching 3.65m to take fourth in the event.

The APSU Govs closed the event strong as they nearly always are in the 4x400m relay; Phillips, Richman, Wilder and Allana Johnson posted a 3:51.60 mark to take runner-up honors behind only Troy.

The winding road continues for Austin Peay State University next weekend, which will find the Govs in Huntington, West Virginia for the Thundering Herd Invitational, hosted by Marshall.


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