Clarksville, TN – For its final regular-season meet of the outdoor season the Austin Peay State University (APSU) track and field team heads down the road to Nashville for the Music City Challenge, hosted by Vanderbilt University, April 29th-30th, 2022 at the Vanderbilt Outdoor Track Complex.
Austin Peay, Alabama A&M, Arkansas State, Belmont, Carson-Newman, Lindenwood, Lipscomb, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, Murray State, Ohio, SIU-Edwardsville, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, Trevecca, UT Martin, Vanderbilt (host), Western Kentucky
The APSU Govs are coming off an impressive performance last weekend at the Kentucky Invitational, tallying eight top-five finishes against stiff competition. Junior Kenisha Phillips provided the top performance of the weekend, placing fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.69. The time was the second-fastest in school history and 19th fastest in the NCAA East Region. Phillips also ran a season-best time of 23.61 in the 200-meter dash en route to her second OVC Female Track Athlete of the Week honors.
In distance running, senior Sara Martin provided a stellar outing in the 1500-meter, finishing 13th out of 43 runners in the event with a career-best time of 4:50.52. Martin’s time was the fastest by a Gov this season and ranks in the top 20 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
In the field, junior Karlijn Schouten entered her name into the APSU record books once again, posting a mark of 4.08 meters in the pole vault to finish second. The mark is tied for the fourth-highest mark in school history and the highest mark in the OVC. Rounding out the performances in the field last weekend, senior Denia Hill-Tate finished third in the high jump with a mark of 1.66 meters.
Below are the best qualifying times by the APSU in the NCAA East Region:
200-meter: Kenisha Phillips – 23.61 – 69th
400-meter: Kenisha Phillips – 52.69 – 19th
4×400-meter relay: Austin Peay – 3:45.55 – 87th
High Jump: Denia Hill-Tate – 1.70m – 63rd
Pole Vault: Karlijn Schouten – 4.08m – 31st
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Next Up For APSU Track and Field
Following this weekend’s meet, the Austin Peay State University track and field team will set their sights on the OVC Outdoor Championships, May 11th-13th in Murray, Kentucky. Austin Peay will look to capture its first-ever OVC Outdoor Title. The focus then turns to the NCAA East Prelims where the top 48 student-athletes in each event will qualify for the prelims with a chance to advance to the NCAA National Championships, June 8th-11th.