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Excellent outing for APSU on windswept day at Vanderbilt

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUNashville, TN – Sprints led the day for Austin Peay State University track and field at the Black and Gold Relays, hosted by Vanderbilt at the Vanderbilt Track Complex.

Despite cold conditions over the course of the two-day event, Austin Peay athletes performed admirably in a meet chock-full of high-caliber athletes from schools in the Big 10 and SEC, as well as Ohio Valley Conference schools SIU Edwardsville, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State, Southeast Missouri, UT Martin and Belmont.

Austin Peay Track and Field come up big at Vanderbilt. (APSU Sports Information) [1]

Austin Peay Track and Field come up big at Vanderbilt. (APSU Sports Information)

As ever, it was junior Breigh Jones [2] who led the way for Austin Peay. The mighty Memphian broke 54 seconds in her first outdoor 400m attempt in 2015, winning the event with a 53.99 mark.

She later came back and led a 4x400m relay squad also featuring senior Jessica Gray [3], junior Michaela McGhee [4] and freshman Allysha Scott [5] to a win in that event thanks to a 3:551.85 mark.

Scott also stepped up with a personal-best in the 400m outdoor with a 58.39 mark, placing seventh. Gray was fourth in the 800m with a 2:11.94 run.

Senior Erika Adams [6] won the 100m dash thanks to a 12.16 mark, narrowly edging Illinois’ Breeana Coleman by one-hundredth of a second for the victory. Adams, Jones, freshman Sonja White [7] and junior Lamontra Robinson also were runners-up in the 4x100m relay, finishing behind OVC foe Tennessee State with a 46.70 run.

In the hurdles, senior Natalie Olberding [8] was runner-up in the 400m event with a 1:02.24 mark. Sophomore Myiah Johnson [9]‘s 14.33 mark in the 100m hurdles was a season-best, and earned her fifth in the event.

In late Friday action, sophomore Kaylnn Pitts [10] made it back-to-back triple jump wins with a season-best 12.28m mark; classmate Chancis Jones [11] also earned a top-five with an 11.54m mark. Both also earned top-five finishes in Saturday’s long jump – Pitts was third (5.56m) and Jones was fourth (5.49m) – but Austin Peay was led by sophomore Amia Butler [12]‘s runner-up finish and 5.75m mark.

Although most of Austin Peay’s contingent will take next weekend off, a handful of athletes will compete at the Margaret Simmons Invitational in Murray, Ky., with Jones and Adams scheduled to compete at the Florida Relays.

Video – Doug Molnar