Hamilton, Lacey, and Sturtz Were Top Performers for Guins at Penn Relays

Hamilton, Lacey, and Sturtz Were Top Performers for Guins at Penn Relays

Philadelphia, Pa. — The Youngstown State track team traveled to Philadelphia today to compete in the 120th Penn Relays that take place at the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field. There will be over 22,000 athletes that will be competing in the meet throughout the weekend.

On day one the Penguins had three top performers those being senior Samantha Hamilton and freshman jumpers Chenera Lacey and Mackenzie Sturtz.

Hamilton competed in the women's 5,000 meter championship race today and was able to finish in the top ten. She ran her second fastest time ever in the event with a time of 16:34.46 to finish in ninth place. Hamilton has the women's outdoor record for the 5,000 meter race as she claimed it in 2012 and came just short of beating it as the record still holds with a time of 16:34.44.

The freshman duo in the high jump, Lacy and Sturtz, have been having impressive freshman campaigns all year for the Penguins and continue to improve as they both had their highest jumps for the outdoor season in today's meet. The competition was close for the women's high jump as Lacy and Sturtz along with eight other women jumped 1.68 meters (5-6) but with less missed attempts than Sturtz Chenera was able to pull away with tying Alisha Beeman of UMBC and Shanice Hall of LSU for tenth place. Sturtz was next in line as the freshman finished in 13th place.

The meet will continue tomorrow as the running events and field events start at 9 a.m.