Three School Records Fall As YSU Competes at BYU Last Chance Meet

Chenera Lacey
Chenera Lacey

Provo, Utah - Members of the Youngstown State men's and women's track and field teams competed against BYU and select unattached athletes at the BYU Last Chance meet on Friday and Saturday at the Clarence Robison Track in Provo, Utah.

The Penguins and Cougars had both concluded their respective conference championships and were looking to gain some some improved marks to reach the NCAA Preliminaries which start later this month.

Freshman Anthony Butler (long jump), Jaynee Corbett (shot put) and senior Chenera Lacey (heptathlon) all set new YSU standards in the two-day meet.

Butler soared to a new school record in the long jump on Friday. Butler had a leap of 7.36m (24-1.75 feet). Butler's mark eclipsed a standard by Todd Lark that had stood for 26 years. Lark had a leap of 7.31m back in 1991 and had been the school record holder through Friday. Butler's previous best was a 6.85m leap that came back in March.

Lacey finished third in the heptathlon scoring 4,609 points. Her point total ecplised the previous record of 4,467 set by Yandeh Joh in May 2009. Lacey had 870 points in the hurldes, 803 in the 200m, 783 in the high jump, 640 in the long jump, 551 in the 800m, 497 in the shot put and 465 in the javelin. 

Jaynee Corbett won the shot put with a mark of 15.86m on Saturday. The throw crushed the older school of 15.71m by Danielle Curry set in May 2010 at the NCAA Regionals. 

Freshman Jaliyah Elliott ran a personal-best time of 23.68 seconds on Friday. Elliott's on-track time was 21.61 seconds, but seven seconds is adding because of running in a higher altitude. It was nearly a half-second better than her previous-best effort and ranks second in school history in the event. Elliott won the 100m dash with a time of 11.63 seconds. 

Corbett was third in the discus with a throw of 43.44m while teammate Nicole Kreatsoulas was second at 44.52m. Kreatsoulas was second in the hammer throw posting a mark of 48.62m.

Amber Eles won the 100m hurdles running a top time of 13.87 seconds to win by 0.05 seconds over an unattached runner.

Chad Zallow cruised to a win in the 110m hurdles running a strong time of 13.70 seconds. Zallow as fourth in the 100m with a time of 10.70 seconds. 

Taylor McDonald ran a time of 59.70 seconds in the 400m hurdles, while Collin Harden ran a time of 52.12 seconds in the 400m for the men. Keishawnna Burts ran a time of 57.23 seconds in the 400m. Abby Jones was third in the high jump clearing 1.65m. Ryan Booth was third in the men's shot put with a throw of 17.93m while placing fifth in the discus with a throw of 48.98m.

Qualifiers for the NCAA Preliminaries will be announced on Thursday afternoon. The Penguins who reach the meet will compete in Lexington, Ky. on May 25-27.