Notre Dame, Ind.— A group from the YSU men's and women's track and field teams competed today against almost 50 schools from across the nation at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind., this afternoon.
Two of the six Penguins are nationally ranked, senior Bobby Grace is ranked eighth in the shot put, and sophomore Connor Neu is ranked 29th in the weight throw.
Neu continues his dominance in the weight throw as he once again has a personal best throw of 20.40 meters earning him a first place finish beating out second place winner Dyrek Chowning of Indiana by 1.16 meters. This is Neu's third week in a row throwing a personal best and second week in a row beating out the school record for the weight throw. In the last three weeks all of his throws have led him to finish in the top five of the event as well.
Grace had one of his best throws of the year in the meet also where he launched the shot put 19.16 meters to finish in second place. Grace lost to Enekwechi Chukwuebuka of Purdue, who is ranked among the top throwers in the NCAA, by .08 meters.
Freshman jumpers Mackenzie Sturtz and Chenera Lacey both participated in the high jump and finished back to back. Sturtz finished in first place with a jump of 1.70 meters to continue her win streak in the high jump. Sturtz earned her first college meet victory in the high jump at the SPIRE Invitational earlier this month and hasn't lost since then. Lacey finished right behind Sturtz to snag the second place spot with a jump of 1.65 meters. Both freshman jumpers have been at the top of their game in their first season with YSU.
Sophomore Jennifer Neider and freshman Jayne Corbett took part in the women's shot put where again they followed each other in the final rankings. Neider had a throw of 14.30 meters to finish in sixth place and Corbett had a toss of 13.77 meters to finish in seventh place. Both penguins throws were their best throws of the track season.
The YSU track and field teams will compete next weekend at the Horizon League Championship at the WATTS.