Geneva, Ohio — The YSU track and field teams traveled to Geneva this Saturday to finish off the two-day meet at the SPIRE Invitational. The field events had a solid showing as they had a total of 13 competitors who placed in the top five in their events.
Freshman jumpers Mackenzie Sturtz and Chenera Lacey took charge in the women's high jump as Sturtz took first place with a jump of 1.65m to make it her first college meet victory. Lacey finished behind her as she finished in second place also jumping 1.65m making Lacy a top three finisher in the high jump in each meet this year.
Sophomore Jennifer Neider and freshman Jaynee Corbett competed in the shot put and they as well managed to take first and second place. Neider took first place with a toss of 13.61m and Corbett took second place with a throw of 13.22m.
In the long jump YSU had a top five finisher in freshman Ellie Pollock where she placed fourth with a leap of 5.47m which would make it her farthest jump of this year's track season. For the finals in the triple jump the penguins had freshman Savannah Osborne and Ellie Pollock. Osborne finished third with a jump of 11.22m and Pollock finished in eighth place jumping 10.66m.
Freshman Megan Gunther made it to the finals of the 60m hurdles and finished in tenth place running a time of 9.35.
Sophomore Nina Grambling had her 2014 track season debut in today's meet and didn't disappoint by making it to the 60m dash finals finishing in second place with a time of 7.71 seconds. Running with her in the 60m dash was senior Alexis Washington who finished in fourth place with a time of 7.89. Washington also competed today in the 200m dash and ran a time of 25.64 to give herself a seventh place finish.
Junior Jen Shiley and senior Alteeka Vanwright both competed in the 400m dash and they both finished in the top five with Shiley placing fourth at a time of 57.76 and Vanwright placing fifth with a time of 58.66. Those times are Shiley's and Vanwright's fastest times in the 400m dash yet so far in this indoor track season. Senior Alexis Cooper finished seventh in the 800m (2:17) which also makes it her fastest time of the season.
In the 4x400m relay the YSU women consisting of senior Ciara Jarrett, Alteeka Vanwright, Alexis Washington and Jen Shiley came four seconds shy of winning it all but settled for second place with a time of 3:58.
In the men's shot put YSU had four top 10 finishers as they crush the competition as a whole. Freshman Stephen Lyons, sophomore Jacob Chiclowe, and junior Eric Vendemia all placed within the top five. Lyons finished in second place (15.64m), Chiclowe finished in third place (15.47m), and Vendemia finished in fourth place (15.39m) as freshman Jayden Corbitt finished tenth with a throw of 13.99m.
After competing in the Elite Throws Competition at Findlay University yesterday finishing in third place in the weight throw Connor Neu came to today's meet determined to get the victory in the weight throw as he did by finishing in first place throwing 19.53m.
Sophomore Jay Jakovina had another top performance for the Penguins in the high jump as he finished in second place with a height of 2.00m. Freshman William Royal participated in the long jump and finished in fifth place with a jump of 6.60m. Royal also competed in the triple jump and took another fifth place finish leaping 13.55m.
Sophomore Garrett Mathias took part in the pole vault and ended up tying Ryan Steinbugl of St. Francis for the seventh place spot with both of them getting a height of 4.36m.
In the sprints freshman Marcellus Embry raced in the 60m dash and finished in sixth place with a time of 7.11 giving him two sixth place finishes out of the three meets this year in the 60m. Embry also raced in the 200m dash giving YSU a fifth place finish (22.21) which is his fastest time of the track season.
The Penguins return to action on Feb. 7-8 where they will host the YSU Invitational at the WATTS.
Men - YSU 71, Saint Francis (Pa.) 62
Women - YSU 94, Saint Francis (Pa.) 50