Raleigh, N.C. — The YSU track and field teams started their second meet of the outdoor season at the Raleigh Relays at NC State. On day one of the Relays junior Eric Rupe and sophomore jumpers' Jay Jakovina and Nina Grambling were the top performers for the Penguins.
Rupe won the 5000-meter race Section C race with a time of 14:22.27 to break YSU's school record of 14:36 by an amazing 14 seconds. The record had stood for six years and was set by Kip Tisia. Freshman Jon Richmond participated in the 5000 meter run Section F race and ran a time of 15.47.96 to finish in fourth place.
Grambling was in action in the women's long jump as she ended up pulling out the only top three finish for the women on day one with her second place finish in the long jump. She ended up jumping 5.75 meters just missing her career best of 5.76 meters which she set last year.
Jakovina competed in the high jump for the Penguins in his first outdoor meet of the 2014 season as well and ended up performing with a career-best jump as he cleared 2.10 meters (6-10 1/2). Jakovina beat out junior Alex Louden of St. Augustine's and sophomore Thomas Pitt of Penn, who both jumped 2.05 meters, which should qualify him for the NCAA prelims in May looking at last year's qualifying heights.
Throwing in the women's shot put were sophomore Jennifer Neider and freshman Jayne Corbett. Once again they ended up finishing in back to back places as Neider took eighth place with a throw of 13.71 meters and Corbett took the ninth place spot with a throw of 13.57 meters. Both athletes' throws were their top throws of the outdoor season.
In the high jump freshman Chenera Lacy ended up with a jump of 1.65 meters which is her best of the outdoor season as well. Chenera's jump of 1.65 meters tied the first place winner jump, Haley Laird from Elon, but with her multiple missed attempts at certain heights she finished in 11th tying Brittany Walls of USC Upstate and Lydia Guagenti of Findlay.
Michelle Kilm posted a time of 17:45.98 while McKinsie Klim ran a 17:48.29 in the 5,000-meter run in Section C. Melissa Klim ran in her first 5,000-meter race in the outdoor season and was able to reach the top 10 with an eighth place finish running a time of 18:55.77 in Section F. Michelle and McKinsie were just narrowly out of the qualifying for the USA Track and Field Junior Nationals.
Just like the women, the men's shot put throwers finished back to back in eighth and ninth place. Throwers that competed in the shot put to finish in the top ten were junior Jacob Chiclowe who finished in eighth (15.97 meters) and senior John Seaver who finished in ninth place (15.87 meters).
The Penguins will be back in action tomorrow morning with the running events starting at 9 a.m. and the field events starting at 10 a.m.