Austin McLean Qualifies for NCAA Regionals at Virginia Challenge

Austin McLean
Austin McLean

A week after Youngstown State competed in the Horizon League Championships 13 of the Penguins competed today at the Virginia Challenge and at the Campebell Wright Invitational trying to qualify for the NCAA Regionals later this month.

Senior Austin McLean was the only one out of the bunch to make it to the regionals in Jacksonville, Fla., as he competed in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. McLean had a monster performance as he beat his personal record by 16 seconds in the race. He ran the race in a time of 8:57.59 beating his fellow teammate, Eric Rupe, by eight seconds. McLean was in the top 90 in the region in the steeplechase before the meet and was able to move on up to the top 30 after his outstanding performance today.

Rupe finished right behind McLean in second place and was also able to record his best time in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:05.41. He was able to beat his personal record in the race by 17 seconds and end the year in the top 50 in the region as he finished as the 48th ranked runner in the region.

Senior Samantha Hamilton was among the runners who competed at the Virginia Challenge to try to make it to regionals in the 5,000 meter invitational but ended up coming short as she finished in ninth place with a time of 16:39.14 which is five seconds shy of her personal best which she set earlier in the year at the Penn Relays.

Two of the Klim sisters, Michelle and McKinisie, competed in the 5,000 meter race and were able to finish in the top twelve. They finished back to back as Michelle was able to finish in 10th with a time of 17:59.93 and McKinisie who finished in 11th running the race in 18:07.02.

The Penguins who competed in the Campbell Wright Invitational at Akron were junior Jessica Parham, sophomores Nina Grambling, Jen Shiley, Jennifer Neider, Jay Jakovina, Connor Neu, and freshman Arnaldo Morales and Robin Hall.

Grambling competed in the 100 meter and 200 meter dash and was able to finish in first in the 100 meter dash (11.98 seconds) and ninth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.10 seconds. Shiley ran in the women's 400 meter hurdles and finished in second place out of four runners with a time of 1:01.88.

Parham was third with a throw of 42.94 meters in the javelin as Neider ended up in seventh in the shot put with a toss of 13.55 meters.

Jakovina and Morales participated in the high jump and were able to finish in the top three. Jakovina finished in second while Morales finished in third place. They both finished with a jump of 2.08 meters finishing behind fwinner, Edward Dudley of Lake Erie, who jumped 2.26 meters.

Neu was the only thrower of the competitors from the YSU men team and was also able to finish in the top three. He had a personal-record throw of 65.26 meters which put him at third place in the hammer throw.

Sprinter Robin Hall competed in the 400 meter dash and the 200 meter dash and finished in fifth in the 400 meter (48.47 seconds) and seventh in the 200 meter (22.65 seconds).