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APSU Lady Govs brave elements on Day Two at WKU

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APSU Women's Track and Field - Austin Peay State UniversityBowling Green, KY – Austin Peay State University track and field team enjoyed a solid second day at the 2016 Hilltopper Relays, hosted by Western Kentucky at Charles M. Reuter Track and Field Complex.

Although there was nothing likely to top Savannah Amato [1]‘s Friday night pole vault performance, the Governors nonetheless posted good marks after the short trek north.

Austin Peay Track and Field. (APSU Sports Information) [2]

Austin Peay Track and Field. (APSU Sports Information)

“Long, cold day today,” said head coach Doug Molnar [3]. “We had to battle the conditions, but we need to become more consistent regardless of weather and make sure we’re taking care of everything else.”

Senior Kymmalett Ross [4], as she often has this season, walked away with Austin Peay’s best Saturday finish. Her 24.52 mark in the 200m dash accorded her third-place honors, behind only Western Kentucky’s Carrol Hardy among collegiate athletes—Hardy is one of the region’s premiere short-sprinters, ranking 11th in the 100m dash among NCAA East athletes entering the weekend.

Ross also ran the 100m this weekend, posting a seventh-place showing thanks to a 12.11 run that equaled her season best.

Western Kentucky 400m record holder and current APSU assistant Valerie Brown [5] oversaw Terri Morris [6]‘ outing in the 400—Morris placed sixth with a 56.94 run.

Morris and Ross were joined by Breigh Jones [7] and Allysha Scott [8] in the 4x400m relays—the quartet’s 3:55.29 mark brought them fifth-place honors.

APSU’s track showing was bolstered by ninth-place finish from Rebecca Wheeler in the 3000m steeplechase; Wheeler’s 12:06.54 was just over a second off her personal best.

In field event action, freshman Nia Gibbs-Francis [9] earned a share of seventh place after a personal-best 1.55m (5′ 1.0″) high jump mark. Another Governor, Chancis Jones [10], just barely missed out on a top-eight showing; she settled for ninth in the long jump with a 5.59m (18′ 4.25″) mark.

“This sets us up for next week,” Molnar said. “This is a stepping stone; we got some good work in and we’ll move forward.”

The Govs return home to compete next weekend at the annual APSU Invitational. The two-day event begins 5:00pm, Friday, at Governors Stadium.