The Youngstown State women's track and field team had a successful weekend at Farmers National Bank Field as they ended the 2014 Horizon League Championship on a high note taking home their seventh Horizon League Outdoor Championship making it two in the last three years.
This year in the Horizon League Championships the YSU women were able to sweep the Championships as they won the Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, and Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
The Penguins had the lead at the end of each day during the weekend and on day three during the finals sophomore Nina Grambling and senior Samantha Hamilton stepped up their game as they were the YSU women to win the titles in their events.
The women's final team scores were YSU with 185 points, Detroit came in second place scoring 116 points, Wright State with 97 points to take home third, Milwauke had 91 points to secure fourth place, UIC had 61 points in fifth place, Valporaiso with 56 points to end in sixth, and Oakland who ended up in seventh with 45 points.
The Penguins won six out of the seven individual awards that were given out after the meet. Those Penguins were Hamilton who won the Horizon League Athlete of the Year and Horizon League Most Outstanding Women Performer. McKinsie Klim won the HL Women's Track Freshman of the Year which she also won during the indoor and cross country season. Jayne Corbett took home the HL Women's Field Freshman of the Year Award as Grambling won the HL Individual Scoring Award. Head Coach Brian Gorby won the Coach of the Year Award in the cross country and indoor season and ended this year with the award again for the outdoor season.
Grambling won all three of her events that she competed in over the weekend as she won the long jump on day two and the 100-meter and 200-meter dash on the final day. She won the title last year at the Championships in the 100-meter dash and kept her streak going as she ran the event in a time of 11.91 seconds to just beat junior Kacia Grant of Wright State (11.92). In the 200-meter dash Grambling had a time of 24.44 seconds beating out Grant again by .24 seconds. This makes it YSU's fourth year in a row winning the titles in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash as Ciara Jarrett won them in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
In the 5,000-meter race, Hamilton took home her second title of the weekend after winning the 10,000-meter race on Friday. She led the rest of the runners the whole race and was even able to lap some of the competition on her way to her last league career victory as she ran the race in a time of 17:32.19 beating second place finisher senior Louisa Coppola of Detroit by 4.77 seconds.
In the first event of the day for the women the freshman jumpers consisting of Chenera Lacey and Mackenzie Sturtz were able to end with two of the top three places in the high jump. Lacey was the runner-up to senior Sharon Mwale of UIC as she jumped 1.63 meters, .03 meters behind Mwale (1.66m). Sturtz followed Lacey as she also jumped 1.63 meters to end in third place. Junior Leanna Hartsough helped out her team as she also was able to score points by finishing in fifth place with a jump of 1.55 meters.
Triple jumpers Savannah Osborne, Kendall Homan, Ellie Pollock, and Lacey all ended back to back in the event finishing in the top six. Osbournce had the farthest jump of the four with a jump of 11.41 meters to finish in third place, Homan ended up in fourth place leaping 11.39 meters; Pollock came after Homan to take the fifth place spot as Lacy took sixth with a jump of 11.04 meters. All the jumpers had their best jumps of the season in today's meet as well.
The only other field event that took place today was the hammer throw and Youngstown State had two qualifiers who finished with points. Sophomore Jennifer Neider who won the shot put yesterday took home third place with a heave of 50.86 meters making it her personal best on the year. The other Penguin was junior Megan Wesner who finished in sixth with a throw of 49.97 meters which is her farthest throw of the season as well.
In the sprinting events, Homan and freshman Megan Gunther took fourth and fifth place in the 100-meter hurdles. Homan ran the race in her fastest time yet clocking in a time of 14.98 seconds to take fourth place and Gunther took fifth place with a time of 15.03 seconds.
Senior Alteeka Vanwright was the only other Penguin who raced in the finals of the 200-meter dash with Grambling as she wasn't far behind the top two runners. Vanwright took third place with her fastest time of the outdoor season as she ran 24.81 seconds losing to Grant by .13 seconds. Vanwright also competed in the 400-meter dash and secured fourth place crossing the finish line at 56.55 seconds which made it her second race of the day with a personal record.
Scoring in the 400-meter hurdles for YSU was sophomore Jen Shiley and freshman Tori Thompson with both of them ending the year with their top times in the event. Shiley finished in the top three as she finished in third place (1:01.28) and Thompson came in sixth place with a time of 1:04.49.
Senior Alexis Cooper made it to the finals in the 800-meter dash and happened to finish in sixth place with a time of 2:19.45. Penguin junior Monica Ciarniello also finished in sixth place as she ran in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:41.68 to make it her fastest time of the year.
Track Freshman of the Year, McKinsie Klim, clinched fourth place in the 5,000-meter race running it with a time of 17:52.44.
Youngstown State women's relay teams went third in both the 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays. The 4x100 meter team consisted of Homan, Vanwright, freshman Sage Spotleson, and Grambling and they racked in a time of 47.48 seconds. In the 4x400 meter team was Vanwright, Thompson, Gunther and Shiley as they cruised around the track in 3:58.78.
Final Team Standings
1. YSU - 185
2. Detroit - 116
3. Wright State - 97
4. Milwaukee - 91
5. UIC - 61
6. Valpraiso - 56
7. Oakland - 45