Austin Peay Sports Information
Nashville, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in its first meet of the 2016 season, Saturday, placing sixth and fifth, respectively, at the Belmont Opener.
On the men’s side, the Bruins won the event, followed by Lipscomb, Chattanooga, Vanderbilt, Murray State, Austin Peay and Tennessee State.
The Govs were led by freshman Tyler Smith  (42nd, 16:11.8), followed closely by senior Daniel Hamm  (44th, 16.13.1). Newcomer Hezron Kiptoo  placed 56th (16.30.9), senior Kyle Harmon  finished 67th (16:59.8), junior Nick Piskor  in 79th (17:28.6) and freshmen Nash Young  (17:54.0) and Andrew Abel  (18:03.5) finished 85th and 86th.
“The first meet is a starting point to reflect on moving forward,” head coach Doug Molnar  said. “It’s exciting to see Tyler lead the team in his first meet. Our guys are in a good position, and we could have a different No. 1 each week.”
In the women’s run, Vanderbilt finished first, followed by Lipscomb, Belmont, Murray State, Austin Peay and Tennessee State. The duo of Sarah-Emily Woodward  (20:32.1) and Becca Wheeler  (20:33.2) paced the Governors in 60th and 61st places. Just behind them were Sarah Carpenter  (71st, 21:17.8) and Unjala Lester  (77th, 22:54.4). Hanna Wise  placed 83rd with a time of 26:08.5.
“This was Becca’s first meet while healthy in over a year,” Molnar said. “I’m looking forward to watching this group improve in each event.”
Next up on Austin Peay’s schedule will be the Powerade Invite, held September 9th in Chattanooga.