Women’s Track and Field | Horizon League Champions
Things definitely aren’t getting any easier, but the Youngstown State women’s track and field team has continued to find a way to keep bringing the Horizon League Championship trophy back to Youngstown.
Coming off their first defeat in two years during the 2005-06 indoor season, the Penguins entered the final day of the outdoor championship trailing UW-Milwaukee by 26 points. The scenario was eerily similar to the indoor meet in February, where YSU trailed the Panthers by 21 and ended up placing second by the same margin. But the Penguins came up big by outscoring the Panthers 163 to 126 to win by 11 points and claim their third straight outdoor championship and fifth overall title in the last three years.
The Penguins got a huge lift from three specialty award winners in Danielle Bolt, Bethany Anderson and Cortland native Katie Betts. Coach Brian Gorby also accepted his sixth Horizon League Coach of the year award on behalf of the entire staff after leading YSU to its 14th overall championship in his 13 seasons.
Bolt, a sprinter from Brookline, mass, was named the meet’s Outstanding Running Performer. She won the 100-meter dash, anchored the winning 4x100-meter relay and placed fourth in 200-meters. Anderson, a thrower from Jamestown, N.Y., earned Outstanding Field Performer honors after a win in the shot put and the hammer. Betts was named Running Newcomer of the Year after placing second in the 200-meters, third in 100-meters and running in YSU’s winning 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays.
Seniors Satara Freeman and Katy Williams also picked up victories to end their careers. Freeman won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.35 seconds, and Williams earned the top spot on the podium in the discus with a mark of 135 feet, 3 inches.
Bolt and Betts paced a strong sprints group that scored a total of 73 points. Bolt ran a time of 11.94 in the 100-meters to edge UW-Milwaukee’s Timeka Walker by. 02 seconds for the top spot. Bett’s time of 12.12 was good enough for third and Ashley Oliver and Darcella Formby placed fourth and fifth.
Bett’s ran a time of 24.83 to place second ahead of Jeanna Cunningham and Bolt in the 200-meter dash. Cunningham placed second in the 400-meter with a time of 56.15, and Kari Kreutzfeld added a fourth-place time of 59.26.
Cunningham, Betts and Bolt teamed up with Yandeh Joh to win the 4x100-meter relay, and Cunningham, Kreutzfeld, Joh and Betts ran in the first-place 4x400-meter relay.
In addition to Freeman’s winning time of 14.35 in the 100m hurdles, Joh placed third with a time of 14.78 and finished second in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:03.93.
In the distance events, Emily Cicero closed out her accomplished career with a third place finish in the steeplechase with a time of a fifth-place in the 800m with a time of 2:20.23.
In the field events, Joh set the school record in the long jump with a mark of 18-9 ¾, Jen Grayson tied the school record and placed second in the high jump with a mark of 5-5 ¾. Carly Youlton finished one spot behind Joh in the long jump with a mark of 18-6 and placed third in the triple jump with a mark of 37-11 1/4.
Behind Anderson’s mark of 44-3 ½ in the shot put, Lindsey Hill finished second with a distance of 42-3 ¼ and Amy Hill was fourth with a heave of 40-6 ¼. Jacqueline Clonch finished in the discus with a mark of 133-5, and Amy Hill posted a mark of 126-0 to place fifth. Amy Hill added a third-place mark in the hammer with a mark of 147-9, and Lindsey Cobey placed fourth with a distance of 143-5. Lindsey Hill placed fourth in the Javelin with a mark of 113-0
Grayson added a second-place score of 4,195 points in heptathlon.