Grambling, Neider Earn Horizon League Titles For Penguins

Nina Grambling
Nina Grambling

Youngstown State's Nina Grambling (long jump) and Jennifer Neider (shot put) picked up Horizon League Championships for the women's track and field team on the second day of competition at the Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Farmers National Bank Field.

Following a strong day, the Penguins lead Wright State by a 78-56 margin while Valparaiso is third with 46 and Detroit is fourth. 

The YSU women throwers that competed in the shot put took the top three spots in the finals. Sophomore Jennifer Neider took home her first title of meet as she set the new Horizon League record of 14.51 meters which also marked her best throw of the year. In second place was freshman Jayne Corbett who had a toss of 13.96 meters and in third place was Ciera Trybend who threw the shot put 13.30 meters. Corbett and Trybend throws were also their top throws of the year.

Grambling started off the Championships strong in her first event of the meet as she competed in the long jump finishing in first place. Her jump of 5.54 meters came on her last attempt and was .12 meters ahead of second place finisher senior Kylie Kopp of Wright State. Freshman Ellie Pollock came through for the Penguins as she finished in sixth place with a jump of 5.31 meters giving the women another point to add to their total.

There were two Penguins in the women 100 meter hurdles who were able to squeeze in the top eight of the preliminaries. Freshman Megan Gunther finished in second in the first heat timing in at 14.71 seconds and senior Kendall Homan finished in second in the third heat with a time of 14.84 seconds. Both athletes had their fastest times of the year to move on to the finals.

Senior Alteeka Vanwright was the only Penguin to qualify for the women's 400 meter dash finals as she finished with the fastest time in the first heat (58.52) to beat out Anuli Okonkwo of Milwaukee. Senior Alexis Cooper competed in the 800 meter dash for the Penguins and pulled off her fastest time of the season in the preliminary race as she finished with a time of 2:17.42 to finish second in the first heat to move herself on to tomorrow.

Competing in the 400 meter hurdles for YSU was sophomore Jen Shiley and freshman runners Megan Gunther and Tori Thompson who all advance to the finals. Shiley was the fastest of the three as she had a time of 1:03.00, then it was Gunther who ran the race in a time of 1:06.17, and finally Thompson who snuck in the last qualifying spot as she had her fastest time of the season running a 1:06.19.

Grambling came into the meet with the top times in the 100 and 200 meter dash and was able to have the fastest time in the preliminaries in those races today as well. Grambling's time in the 100 meter dash was 12.01 seconds and in the 200 meter dash she finished with a time of 24.44 seconds. Senior Vanwright also qualified for the finals in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.90 seconds which is her fastest time in the event.

The women's pole vault ended with three Penguins scoring for the team. Senior Karlie Ligore tied with freshman Courtney Ballard of Wright State for second place as they both cleared heights of 3.25 meters. Nicole Waibel was next as she finished in fourth place with a height of 3.25 meter as well. In sixth place was freshman Sarina Maurerman who pole vaulted 3.15 meters. Ligore and Maurerman heights were their highest for the year as well.

In the last event of day two junior Brittany Stockmaster was able to come in sixth place for the Penguins in the 3,000 meter steeplechase as she crossed the finish line with a time of 11:42.62.

The last day of the meet will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the men's hammer throw as the first running event will begin at noon with the 4x100 meter relay.