Columbus, Ohio — The Youngstown State track and field teams began the first day of the 29th-annual Jesse Owens Track Classic hosted by Ohio State. Samantha Hamilton led the way on Friday setting a school record in the 1,500-meter run.
The Guins are competing against over 24 college programs along with many other unattached competitors at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this weekend. On day one the Penguins had athletes competing in the javelin, discus, and the 1500 meter run.
In her first time racing the 1,500 meters this year, Hamilton eclipsed the school mark and was seventh among a field of 54 runners with a time of 4:28.88.
Junior Jessica Parham was the only competitor in the javelin for the Penguins where she finished in the top eight for the third meet in a row. She had a throw of 39.66 meters to land in sixth place. She missed out on the top five by only .12 meters just losing to senior Brianna Nordby of Siena Heights (39.78m).
For the men, sophomore Connor Neu participated in discus for Youngstown State. He was also able to finish in the top eight where he launched the discus 50.04 meters to place in eighth.
Junior Eric Rupe was the other runner for the Penguins as he finished 15th out of 46 runners in the 1500 meter run to post a time of 3:53.14.
Youngstown State will compete in the rest of the events tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.