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APSU Track and Field with a big day in Carbondale

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUCarbondale, IL – The field events took center stage this week for Austin Peay track and field at the SIU Invitational, with a pair of Lady Gov jumpers snaring victories and the Lady Govs runners continuing to post strong marks, including a school-record.

Austin Peay Lady Govs Track and Field. (APSU Sports Information) [1]

Austin Peay Lady Govs Track and Field. (APSU Sports Information)

All told, Austin Peay took home runner up honors in the nine-team event, behind host Southern Illinois, and finished ahead of a trio of Ohio Valley Conference squads – Southeast Missouri (third, 75 points), Murray State (fourth, 47) and Jacksonville State (ninth, 13).

“Saturday was a pretty good day for us,” said head coach Doug Molnar [2]. “We’re starting to get on the right track with the conference meet right around the corner.”

In Friday night action, sophomore Amia Butler [3] stole the show. The Nashville native won the long jump with a season-best 5.81m leap that vaulted her into third in the OVC. Sophomore Ashleigh Woods [4] also took fifth in the long jump at 5.67m.

Butler also took third-place honors in the indoor pentathlon with 3,222 points. Saturday, she also earned a qualifying mark in the 60m hurdles (sixth, 9.10), as did sophomore Myiah Johnson [5] (8.92), but both were forced to miss the final due to injury.

“Both got hurt advancing to the finals,” Molnar said. “We had to sit a couple this week, and the big thing for us going forward is getting healthy.”

In Saturday’s action, it was sophomore Kaylnn Pitts [6] who won the triple jump, posting a season-best 12.40m mark that gave her the lead in the OVC in the event and 54th in the nation. Close behind was classmate Chancis Jones [7], who placed third with an 11.74m mark.

The Breigh Jones [9] Show continued with a school-record win in the 60m dash (7.64), and also won the 200m dash with a 25.05 run. She’s the only athlete in the conference ranking in the top-five in the 60m, 200m and 400m dashes.

Jones wasn’t the only athlete to post a strong mark in the 200m; freshman Sonja White [10] (third, 25.47) and junior LaMontra Robinson [11] (eighth, 25.85) both picked up points for the Lady Govs in the 200m.

“Breigh really did a nice job, of course,” Molnar said. “Sonja White [10] is really starting to get it together and looked really good, which is nice to see at this point in the year.”

Senior Jessica Gray [12] fought tooth and nail with Southern Illinois’ Allison Gallo right to the finish line, but fell just shy of victory with a 2:15.42 mark, less than a second behind Gallo.

Jones and Gray joined junior Michaela McGhee [13] and freshman Allysha Scott [14] in the 4x400m relay this week, helping post a runner-up mark at 3:54.09.

Indoor action continues next week for Austin Peay at the Spire Invitational in Geneva, Ohio.