By MARLON SCOTT
Senior Staff Writer
Despite missing several team members including recent school record breaking sophomore jumper Cenitra Hudson, the Lady Govs track team posted several season’s best at the TSU Invitational in Nashville, Saturday, Jan. 29.
In the field events, freshman April Hollman tied her season best in the high jump. She cleared 1.62 meters to earn third place in the event.
Freshmen Molly Basch and Caitlin Tassell took the top two spots in the pole vault. Basch earned first place with a 3.2 meter vault. Tassell cleared 3.05 meters for second place.
On the track, sophomore Leigha Tolliver posted two season best times as she progressed through the 55-meter hurdles. She finished the event in third place with a final time of 8.59 seconds.
In her debut in the 5000-meter run, freshman Xiamer Richards earned second place with a time of 18:50. The feat was even more impressive because Richards performed despite being in a car accident the night before the meet.
According to APSU Sports Information, head coach Doug Molnar described the efforts of his team.
“I can’t say enough about Richards and the effort she put up today. With everything that went on, she came in healthy and got it done. Janelle Avery was sick and posted a great mile time in the distance medley. She finished that race well.”
Lady Gov senior Chiamaka Obi finished sixth in the 200 and was one of the members of the 4-by-400 meter relay that broke the four-minute mark for the first time this season.
Obi along with junior Jasmine Scott, sophomore Ashley Carson and freshman Alyxandra Pinkston finished fourth with a time of 3:58.41.
The distance medley team of Avery, Richards, freshman Taelor Slaughter and Shannon Christian also posted a season best.
“With all the season bests we had today,” Molnar said. “I still think we need to come out with a little more intensity. Even with everything that happened today, I didn’t see a real sense of urgency. I think this team has a lot more to give.”
The Lady Govs will travel to three more meets in February. Next they will go to Carbondale, Ill., Friday Feb. 4, to compete in the SIU Invitational. The Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships begin Friday, Feb. 25. TAS