Booth, Latone Win Events; Penguins Lead By 41 Points After Day Two

Collin Harden
Collin Harden

Wins by Ryan Booth and Dylan Latone helped pave the way for the Youngstown State men's track and field team during the second day of competition at the Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Youngstown.

Saturday's action saw the Penguins compete at the throws complex, the WATTS and Farmers National Bank Field. At the end of the day, YSU had amassed 111 points to take 41-point lead over Oakland which has 70 points. In third place is Milwaukee with 59.

Booth won his second consecutive shot put title continuing the Penguin's dominance in the event. YSU has won the last 10 Horizon League outdoor shot put crowns.

Latone was a bit of streak-breaker for the Guins. YSU had not won a pole vault title since Derek Riker in 2006. 

Booth won with a throw of 17.59m had it clinched on his first throw which was 1.21 meters ahead of the second place finisher. Also for the Penguins, Dom Westbay was third with a toss of 16.25m just 0.03m behind Milwaukee's Peter Andrew.

Latone won the pole vault, which was held in the WATTS, by clearing the bar at 4.80m. His trickest clearance came at 4.60 when it took him three times to clear the bar. He went over on his first try at 4.70m and 4.80m to claim the title. Placing fifth was Brock Wooten clearing a height of 4.45m.

Also having a strong day was Isaac Agyemang. Agyemang placed second in the decathlon with 5,852 points and was third in the long jump with a leap of 6.85m. Placing fifth was Anthony Butler with a leap of 6.70m in the long jump as well. Alan Burns was fourth in the steeplechase with a time of 9:26.36.

In the running events, Chad Zallow and Carl Zallow advanced for YSU in the 100m dash. Chad Zallow had the best time of the day at 10.59 seconds while Carl Zallow was fourth at 10.70 seconds.

In the 200m dash, YSU had three of the top four fastest qualifiers in both Zallow's and Brandon Lucas. Lucas also qualified in the 400m.

In the 110m hurdles, the Penguins advanced four runners to tomorrow's final. Chad Zallow had the second-fastest time with a 13.90 while Caleb Lloyd, Myron Anderson and Collin Harden all moved on. In the 400m hurdles, Harden and Lloyd advanced. Harden had the best time at 54.11 seconds. 

The final day of competiton starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday.