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Elvis Forde is Coach of the Year; Lady Govs Capture First-Ever OVC Indoor Track Title

March 5, 2001

Ayesha Maycock won the long and triple jumps and teammate Sheena Gooding captured the mile and 800-meter runs to lead Austin Peay women's track team to its first-ever Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field championship, Feb. 24, in Charleston, Ill.

The Lady Govs finished with 127 points, 18 ahead of runner-up Tennessee State.

Maycock and Gooding, who also were part of APSU's championship 4 x 400-meter relay team, shared the sport's Female Athlete of the Year Award. Meanwhile, Lady Govs coach Elvis Forde was named Coach of the Year.

Ayesha Maycock walked off with the long jump title (19'06.75") for the third straight year while capturing her second straight triple jump title (40'03.25"). Freshman teammate Lauren Maul was second in both events, providing critical points to the Lady Govs' cause. Maycock also scored points in the 400-meter dash, finishing fifth in an event won by teammate Selena Lockridge (56.45) with another Lady Gov, Tanika Smotherman, taking third (57.04). Lockridge, one of the senior captains, ran with a stress fracture in her big toe.

Gooding, meanwhile, eased to the mile in 5:03.55 and was more than 1.5 seconds faster than the competition in the 800 meters with a 2:13.47 time.

Roni Hopkins and Maul scored points in the 60-meter dash with fourth and seventh-place finishes, respectively, while Hopkins was second in the 60-meter hurdles with teammate Smotherman eighth. Hopkins also was fourth in the 200-meter dash.

The Lady Govs capped their championship day with the 4 x 400-meter relay title with the team of Smotherman, Gooding, Maycock and Lockridge winning with a 3:47.14, almost a second better than TSU.