Track and Field Squads Return to Action at Jesse Owens Track Classic

Track and Field Squads Return to Action at Jesse Owens Track Classic

Columbus, Ohio —The Youngstown State track and field teams wrapped up the Jesse Owens Track Classic this weekend as senior Bobby Grace led the Penguins once again on the final day of the meet.

Seniors Grace and John Seaver made it within the top 10 in the shot put. Grace finished in second with a throw of 19.56 meters making it his best throw of the outdoor season and Seaver came in eighth place with a heave of 17.49 meters making that his personal best throw of the season as well.

Sophomore Connor Neu competed in the men's hammer throw and ended up finishing in 12th place throwing the hammer a total distance of 59.60 meters.

In the high jump the Penguins had freshman Arnaldo Morales finish in the top five. He had his best jump of the season jumping 2.01 meters to finish in fourth place. His jump beat his old personal best by .01 meters (2.00m).

Youngstown State had two Penguins, freshman William Royal and sophomore Jay Jakovina, finish in the top 10 in the long jump. Royal had a jump of 6.77 meters to finish in seventh and Jakovina finished in 10th leaping 6.64 meters.

The Penguins had senior Alteeka Vanwright and sophomore Nina Grambling competing in the sprinting events. Vanwright and Grambling both finished in 12th place in their events where Vanwright ran her fastest time of the year with a time of 57.63 seconds in the 400 meter dash as Grambling completed the 100 meter dash in 11.95 seconds. Grambling also ran in the 200 meter dash and was able to secure the sixth place spot running a time of 24.37 seconds.

Sophomore Jen Shiley continues to improve in the 400-meter hurdles as the season goes on. She finished just inside the top ten where she managed to finish in ninth breaking her personal best again with a time of 1:03.00.

Competing in the jumping events for the Penguins was freshman Mackenzie Sturts who was able to tie her personal best in high jump for the year jumping 1.65 meters to get within the top five landing in fourth place.

The women's 4x400 meter relay team consisting of Shiley, senior Alexis Cooper, freshman Megan Gunther and Vanwright finished in eighth place with a time of 3:54.72.

The Penguins will compete in their last meet before the Horizon League Championships at the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania starting on April 24.