Ashland, Ohio — While some of the Youngstown State track and field team competed in the Penn Relays over the weekend the rest of the Penguins competed at the annual Ashland Open at Ashland University today. The Penguins had an overall strong performance at today's meet as most of them had their best performances in their respective event which is a good sign before the 2014 Horizon League Championships.
Senior Alteeka Vanwright was able to win the 200 meter dash for the Penguins as she had her personal best time in the event running it in 25.12 seconds. Senior Alexis Cooper was also able to top her best performance of the season in the 800 meter run as she ran it in a time of 2:18.92 to finish in the top five with a third place finish.
In the women's 400 meter hurdles sophomore Jen Shiley has again beat her best time of the year in this race as she has been getting faster in every meet since she started running in this event. She had a time of 1:02.05 to finish in second place. Her teammate's freshman runners Megan Gunther and Tori Thompson also competed in the race as Gunther placed in fifth (1:05.94) and Thompson finished in seventh (1:06.24).
Competing in the 100 meter hurdles for the Penguins was Gunther who finished in the top five placing in fifth with a time of 14.98 seconds and senior Kendall Homan who finished in seventh place with a time of 15.00 seconds making it her fastest time of the outdoor season.
In the women's 1,500 meter run sophomore Megan Monte and freshman Melissa Klim finished back to back as Monte finished in tenth place with a time 5:04.20 and Klim finishing in eleventh place clocking in her best time of the season of 5:04.75.
Youngstown State freshman Nicole Waibel competed in the pole vault for the Penguins and was able to go her highest that she has gone this season by pole vaulting 3.35 meters to finish in fifth place.
The Penguins had three top ten finishers who all placed back to back in the women's shot put. Sophomore Jennifer Neider had the farthest throw of the three with a toss of 13.38 meters to finish in sixth and freshman throwers Ciera Trybend finished in seventh (12. 73m) and Jayne Corbett finished in eighth with a throw of 12.67 meters.
Junior Jessica Parham took over the women's javelin as she finished in first place. She had a throw of 42.45 meters and beat out second place finisher junior Abigail Burgdorf of Ashland.
Freshman Robin Hall participated in the 400 meter dash and finished with his fastest time of the year as he crossed the finish line at 48.34 seconds to earn himself a fourth place. Hall also ran in the 200 meter dash in his fastest time yet and was able to capitalize by winning the event by .31 seconds with a time of 21.52 seconds. Other Penguins in the event were freshman Joshua Lever who finished in eighth (22.30) and sophomore Dalyn Gattison who finished in tenth (22.50).
Sophomore John Hutnyan was the only Penguins to race in the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase this afternoon and ended up finishing in second place running a 9:59.17.
Penguin William Royal had one of his better jumps of the year as he competed in the long jump. He finished in eighth place leaping 6.72 meters.
The Penguins had two athletes compete in the shot put them being freshman Stephen Lyons and junior Jacob Chiclowe. Lyons finished in seventh throwing the shot put 16.13 meters and Chiclowe finished in tenth place with a toss of 15.48 meters. Lyons, Chiclowe, and sophomore thrower Conner Neu all competed in the discus as well as Neu had the strongest performance as he finished in second place with a heave of 49.35 meters. Lyons and Chiclowe finished behind each other as Lyons placed in ninth (43.36m) and Chiclowe finished in tenth with a throw of 43.25 meters.
Neu was the only Penguin to compete in the men's hammer throw elite event and he was able to sneak in the top five with a fourth place and a personal best throw of 64.53 meters. Sophomore Robet Dixon was able to give the Penguins another second place in the men's javelin as he had a throw of 55.20 meters.
The Youngstown State track and field team will compete in their last team meet of the 2014 outdoor season at the Horizon League Championships which is held at Youngstown State University at the Farmers National Bank Field.