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Austin Peay Govs open season with strong runs in Carbondale

APSU Sports Information

APSU Women's Cross CountryCarbondale, IL – Senior Caroline Kiplagat [1] led the way for Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s cross country at the Carbondale Opener, cracking the top-20 with a time of 20:18.01 to finish 18th.

Austin Peay Women's Cross Country performs well at Carbondale Opener. (APSU Sports Information) [2]

Austin Peay Women’s Cross Country performs well at Carbondale Opener. (APSU Sports Information)

Junior college transfer Maisie Lay was next to cross the finish line for the Govs, just over a second behind Kiplagat at 20:19.60 to finish 21st.

Trailing Lay was freshman Molly Howard, who made her collegiate debut with a 24th-place, 20:36.72 mark.

Clarksville native and freshman Sarah Martin barely missed the 21-minute barrier; she finished with a time of 21:04.60 to place 30th. Freshman Mikaela Smith also made her debut for the Governors as she crossed the finished line with 21:38.63.

The sophomore trio of Alura Endres [3], Jada Hale [4], and Sophia Wilson [5] all crossed the finish line subsequently with the times of 22:01.64, 22:06.17, and 22:34.37.

Freshman Madison Morstad broke the 23-minute mark in her first meet at 22:57.88. Emily Woodward, Keelah Shell, and Larin Harr finished in a row for the Govs, just missing the 23-minute barrier with the times of 23:02.23, 23:25.37, and 23:34.84.

The Governors are set for the University of Alabama-Huntsville for the UAH Chargers Open next Saturday morning.