Parham Sets Javelin Record at Ashland Open

Ryan Booth
Ryan Booth

A pair of Youngstown State throwers won individual events, and Jessica Parham set the school record in the javelin as the Penguins competed at the Ashland University Alumni Open on Friday and Saturday.

Parham set a Youngstown State and Ashland facility record in the javelin with a first-place throw of 45.42 meters. She surpassed Karen McReady’s record of 45.19 meters that was set nearly 14 years ago.

Freshman Ryan Booth won the shot put with a throw of 16.52 meters, which was nearly a half meter further than his previous collegiate best. The mark ranks him fifth on the school’s all-time list.

Libby Rogenski (12:21.33) and Ashley Smith (12:21.62) were within a second of each other in the steeplechase in finishing third and fourth, respectively, to lead YSU’s efforts on the track. Courteney Lukac was 10th in the 800 with a time of 2:23.32

In the field, Jennifer Neider (13.80 meters) and Ciera Trybend (12.22 meters) were third and sixth in the shot put, and Trybend added a sixth-place effort in the discus (38.91 meters). YSU also had two top 10 finishers in the pole vault as Hannah Ropp was seventh and Sarina Mauererman was 10th. Both cleared 3.35 meters.

On the track in men’s events, Alan Burns was fourth in the steeplechase with a time of 9:56.78. I’Tavious Harvin was ninth in the 200 (22.68), and he and Sidney Sandidge finished 11th and 12th in the 100.

In the field, Robert Dixon was fifth in the javelin with a throw of 54.27 meters, and Conner Neu was ninth in a competitive invitational hammer group with a mark of 61.20 meters. Booth added an eighth-place finish in the discus (46.22 meters), and Jacob Chiclowe was 10th in the shot put (14.66 meters).

The Penguins will compete at the Horizon League Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday through Sunday in Rochester, Michigan. Both squads will be looking to defend their titles from the 2014 season.