Both the Youngstown State women's track and field team and men's track and field squad claimed Horizon League titles this spring. It is the third time in four years that it marked a Penguin sweep of the outdoor league crowns.
YSU advanced eight competitors to the NCAA East Preliminary Round, headlined by Chad Zallow who earned second-team All-America honors. YSU had an impressive 10 athletes set school records during the outdoor slate. The list included: Chad Zallow (110m hurdles), Collin Harden (400m hurdles), Ryan Roush (10,000m run), Anthony Butler (long jump), Dylan Latone (pole vault), Tyler Donati (javelin), Taylor McDonald (400m hurdles), Jaynee Corbett (shot put), Abby Jones (high jump), Sarina Mauerman (pole vault) and Chenera Lacey (heptahlon).
- Zallow advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 110m hurdles. He won his opening round and quaterfinals heats at the NCAA East Preliminaries. Zallow ran a time of 13.58 seconds which placed him ninth overall at the NCAA meet. He was the first YSU runner in school history to place in the top 10 at the NCAA Outdoor meet.
- At the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminaries, Harden (400m hurdles) was 17th, Ryan Booth (shot put) was 23rd, McDonald (400m hurdles) was 25th, Jaynee Corbett (shot put) was 26th, Roush (10,000m) was 27th, Donati (javelin) was 44th) and Jaliyah Elliott (200m dash) was 45th.
Horizon League Championship Highlights
- The women won by an impressive 73.5 points, to win their 10th outdoor championship and fourth straight. It is the first time in school and Horizon League history the same program won four consecutive women's titles.
- The men held on for a 13-point victory over Oakland to claim their second straight title and third in the past four years.
- The women had 230.5 points while the men finished with 216. The women's 230.5 points were the third most while the men's 216 points were the fourth-most scored at the league meet.
- McDonald's win the 400m hurdles marked the first time the Guins had won the event at the league meet.
- Elliott's wins in the 100m and the 200m dashes extended the Penguins' run of titles in both events to the past seven years.
- For the second consecutive year, Corbett took first in the discus and shot put while placing second in the hammer throw.
- Corbett's victory in the shot put extended a YSU streak of nine straight titles and 11 of the last 12 in the event at the outdoor meet.
- YSU's women won their second straight 4x400m relay title.
- Eles clamied her second straight Horizon League title in the 100m hurdles.
- Kreatsoulas, Elliott, Jones and McDonald won their first career individual outdoor titles.
- Jones was the first Penguin to win the high jump since 2013.
- Kreatsoulas was the first Penguin to win the hammer throw since 2012.
- Lacey was the first Penguin to win the heptahlon since 2009.
- Zallow became the first runner to win the 100m dash and 110m hurdles at the same HL Outdoor meet.
- In the shot put, Booth won the title giving the Penguins a win in 10 straight and 11 of the last 12 Horizon League outdoor meets in that event. It was Booth's third straight win in the event.
- Harden became just the second Penguin and first since 2011 to win the 400m hurdles.
- Latone became just the second Penguin and first since 2006 to wn the pole vault.
- Donati became just the second Penguin and first since 2006 to win the javelin.
Horizon League Accolades
- Champions – Jaliyah Elliott – 100m, 200m; Amber Eles - 100m hurdles; Taylor McDonald - 400m hurdles, Abby Jones - high jump, Nicolette Kreatsoulas - hammer throw; Angela Lock - javelin; Jaynee Corbett - discus and shot put; Chenera Lacey - heptahlon; Chad Zallow - 100m, 110m hurdles; Collin Harden - 400m hurdles- Ryan Booth - shot put and discus; Dylan Latone - pole vault; Tyler Donati - javelin - Women's 4x400m relay.
- Runner-Up Finishes – Taylor Thompkins (100m dash), Savannah Osborne (triple jump), Nicolette Kreatsoulas (discus), Jaynee Corbett (hammer throw), Jake Wilson (javelin), Ryan Sullivan (10,000m run), Brad Jones (high jump), Carl Zallow (100m. 200m), Isaac Agyemang (decathalon).
- Award Winners – Chad Zallow (Alfreeda Goff Athlete of the Year/Most Outstanding Track Performer), Collin Harden (Track Freshman of the Year), Ryan Booth (Most Oustanding Field Performer), Jaynee Corbett (Most Outstanding Field Performer), Jaliyah Elliott (Track Freshman of the Year), Angela Lock (Field Freshman of the Year), Brian Gorby (Men's and Women's Coach of the Year).
- Zallow opened the year by setting the school record and running one of the top times in the nation at 13.37 seconds in the 110m hurdles.
- Harden broke a 26-yard old mark in the 400m hurdles running a time of 51.98 seconds on April 8 at the George Mason Invitational.
- For the second straight year the mark in the 10,000m run was broken. On April 14 at the Mt. SAC Relays, Roush ran a time of 29:34.12 to break Ryan Sullivan's 2016 mark by 24 seconds.
- Corbett had a school-record throw of 15.86m in the shot put at the BYU Last Chance Meet.
- Butler set the school record in the long jump with a leap of 7.36m at the BYU Last Chance Meet. Butler broke a record that had stood since 1991.
- Mauerman and Latone established a school record in the pole vault on May 7 at the Horizon League Championships. The records were set in the WATTS due to inclement weather.
- Jones broke a five-year-old mark in the high jump when she cleared the bar at 1.71m at the Penn Relays.
- In the final meet of her career, Lacey set the school record in the hepthalon with a total of 4,609 points at the BYU Last Chance Meet. The school record had stood since 2009.
- McDonald became the first woman in school history to go under 1-minute in the 400m hurdles with a time of 58.87 seconds on April 22.
- During the year, the men's team had 27 top-10 marks in school history while the women had 27 top-10 performances.