The Youngstown State Penguins track and field teams competed in the first day of the 2014 Horizon League Championship today at the Farmers National Bank Field. Samantha Hamilton and Jessica Parham were the Penguins who won titles in their events on day one with Hamilton winning the 10,000 meter run and Parham winning the javelin.
After three completed events on each side, the YSU women are in first place with 30 points, four points in front of Valparaiso. The YSU men scored 39 points on the day an lead Milwaukee which is second with a 26 points.
The women's 10,000-meter run was a battle between Hamilton and junior Tess Ehrhardt of UIC. They were able to run away from the pack in the beginning to lead the race for the whole time and were able to lap all of the competition throughout the race. Hamilton turned up the pace between the two on the last 300 meters of the race as she finished in first place with a time of 35:30.60. She demolished her best time of the year of 36:51.95 by 1:21 and beat Ehrhardt by ten seconds (35:40.00).
McKinsie and Michelle Klim, along with junior Anna Pompeo were with the rest of the pack throughout the duration of the race and managed to finish right behind each other. McKinsie finished in fourth to earn her fastest time of the year running the race in 36
Parham came into the meet with the farthest throw in the javelin throughout the Horizon League (42.71m) and was able to show why she is the best in the league by the end of the day. Parham was able to make it to the finals with a throw of 40.62 meters along with teammate junior Ashley Smith who had a throw of 29.09 meters. Parham won the event with a monster throw of 44.75 meters crushing the competition as second place finisher, Meghan Daly of Oakland, had a throw of 32.15 meters. Parham was striving to beat the Horizon League record of 41.89 meters which she did on her last attempt in the finals and was her best throw of the year.
In the men's javelin sophomore Robert Dixon and senior Durell Busby of Milwaukee were battling for first the whole time in the finals. Busby came out on top in first place as he had his best throw in the season of 62.12 meters and also became the Horizon League's new record holder in the event. Dixon pulled off a huge throw of 55.24 meters to finish in second place. Along with Dixon, junior Kevin McCulloh and sophomore Jayden Corbitt finished in the top five. McCulloh finished in fourth place sending the javelin 53.81 meters and Corbitt finished right behind in fifth place with a heave of 53.09 meters making it his best throw of the season.
Sophomore Connor Neu led the Penguins in the discus for the day as he finished in second place with a throw of 48.94 meters just missing out on first place winner, junior Alex Chollet of Milwaukee, who had a throw of 52.10 meters. Senior Eric Vendemia was able to follow Neu as he finished in third place throwing the discus 48.06 meters. Vendemia's throw of 48.06 meters beat out his best throw of the year by .26 meters. Senior John Seaver also made it in the top six to be able to score for Youngstown State as he placed in sixth with a throw of 44.79 meters.
Penguins Jayne Corbett and Jennifer Neider were able to finish in the finals with points to help the YSU women in the standings. Freshman Corbett, ranked second in the discus in the Horizon League, was able to finish in the top five. Her first throw in the finals was her best during the event as she threw the discus 41.07 meters to finish in fifth place. Sophomore Neider was able to score a point for the women as she finished in sixth slinging the discus 40.55 meters to make it her personal best of the 2014 season.
The last event of the day was the men and women 10,000 meter run and junior Nick Gliha was the only Penguin for the men who finished in the top seven. Gliha was able to stick with the top of the pack throughout the whole race to finish in third. He ran a time of 31:40.04 to give the Penguins six points.
Day two of the Championships are set for Saturday. The first field event of the day is the shot put at noon while the first running event of the day is the 110-meter hurdles at 3 p.m.