Women Lead Horizon League; Penguins Finish Second in McCafferty Standings

Commissioner Jon LeCrone presents Ron Strollo (YSU Athletic Director), Dr. Chet Copper (YSU FAR), Alan Burns (YSU HL SAAC Rep) and Elaine Jacobs (YSU Associate AD) a trophy recognizing the YSU Women's Program as the best in the Horizon League
Commissioner Jon LeCrone presents Ron Strollo (YSU Athletic Director), Dr. Chet Copper (YSU FAR), Alan Burns (YSU HL SAAC Rep) and Elaine Jacobs (YSU Associate AD) a trophy recognizing the YSU Women's Program as the best in the Horizon League

The Youngstown State women were recognized as the 2016-17 Horizon League's top performers while the Penguins as a group finished second in the race for the conference's McCafferty Trophy.

In the overall standings, the Penguins finished with 42 points, which was second to Oakland's 46.5. YSU took first in a tightly-contested race for the women's title scoring 24 points while the Golden Grizzlies were second at 23.5 points and Milwaukee was third at 21.5 points. On the men's side, YSU scored 18 points while Oakland had 23 and UIC 21.5.

YSU finished second for the McCafferty just one other time in school history, and that was in 2013-14. The Penguins have placed in the top four overall the past four seasons after placing in the top five just one time in the previous 12 years.

It marks the first time that either a YSU men's or women's program has been recognized as the top athletic group in the Horizon League. The women were second in 2014-15 and 2013-14. Impressively, YSU has placed in the top five each of the past six years.

In 2016-17, the women's tennis team and women's indoor and outdoor track and field teams won Horizon League titles.

The women's tennis program shared the regular-season title for just the second time in school history while they won the postseason crown for the fourth consecutive year.

The outdoor women's track and field team won its fourth consecutive title, a first in league history, while the indoor program has won three of the last four titles.

The softball program capped off the year with its best conference regular-season finish since 2003. YSU won a school-record 17 league games and trailed only UIC. The Penguins and Flames reached the Horizon League final. It was the third time the program had reached the league tournament final.

The third-place performance by the men was their best in school history. Prior to a fourth-place finish last year, YSU had been in top five (fifth in 2002-03) just once since joining the conference.

The men's track and field program won the Triple Crown - Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor - for the first time since joining the Horizon League. It was the first Horizon League Cross Country program for the school. YSU claimed its second straight outdoor title and third in the past four years, and it has won back-to-back indoor crowns.

Men's tennis had one of its best years in school history. The Penguins tied for second place during the regular season and reached the postseason semifinals for the first time in school history.

Men's Basketball made a run in the Horizon League Basketball Championships. YSU defeated No. 9 Cleveland State in the opening round before a buzzer-beating upset of top-seed Oakland landed the Penguins in the semifinals for the first time in school history.  

Top Women's Horizon League Finishes

  • Tennis (Regular-Season / Postseason Champions)
  • Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor Champions)
  • Softball (Second Place / HL Championship Game)
  • Golf (Second Place)
  • Cross Country (Fourth Place)

Top Men's Horizon League Finishes

  • Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor Champions)
  • Cross Country (Cross Country)
  • Tennis (Second Place / HL Semifinals)
  • Basketball (HL Semifinals)