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Austin Peay Lady Govs open outdoor season with solid Day One showing at Georgia Relays

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUAthens, GA – Austin Peay State University women’s track and field team got its outdoor season started on a strong foot in the Georgia Relays, Friday, at Spec Towns Track.

The strongest showing belonged to Austin Peay’s triple-jump contingent, which posted the top four marks on the evening.

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

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

The quartet was led by sophomore Kaylnn Pitts [2], who picked up right where she left off during indoor season by winning the event with a 12.22m leap.

She was followed by classmates Chancis Jones [3] (11.91m, second) and Ashleigh Woods [4] (11.81m, third) and freshman Keyondria Ross [5] (11.62m, fourth).

The Lady Govs also put three athletes in the top five in the 100m hurdles, led by sophomore Myiah Johnson [6]. The Nashville native posted a 14.39 run to finish third overall, just ahead of teammates Amia Butler [7] (14.57) and Sonja White [8] (14.83).

“I thought our triple jumpers did a good job coming out of the gate,” said head coach Doug Molnar [9]. “The weather just hasn’t given them a lot of time in the pit this year. And the times for our hurdlers this early in the season were very strong as well.”

Sophomore Autumn Schmelzer [10] posted a personal-best in the first outdoor event of her second campaign in an Austin Peay uniform, with a 41.28m hammer throw that earned her fifth place in the event.

“Autumn got us off to a great start in this meet,” Molnar said. “Her first three throws were better than her previous personal-best, so for her to do that in the first outdoor meet was pretty good.”

In her first outdoor competition as a Lady Gov, freshman Sarah Emily-Woodward was third overall in the 5000m run at 19:30.91; that was better than any of her three 5000m attempts during indoor season.

Action at the Georgia Relays continues Saturday, beginning at 10:00am (CT). Live stats for the event can be found at http://www.spato.us/cresults/2015/ginvite/ [11]