Women Lead By Nearly 40 Points; Corbett, Jones, Lacey Claim Event Wins

Jaliyah Elliott
Jaliyah Elliott

The Youngstown State women's track and field team seized a nearly 40-point lead following the second day of action at the Horizon League Championships on a wet and cold Saturday in Youngstown.

Winning events at three different locations were Jaynee Corbett (shot put), Chenera Lacey (heptathlon) and Abby Jones (high jump). In the running event preliminaries, YSU had the top qualifiers in the 100m and 200m dashes and 100m and 400m hurdles.

In the team race, the Penguins have 103.5 points to lead Oakland which has 64 points. Milwaukee is in third place with 57.5 points. YSU added 30 points with the three individual event wins.

Jones won the high jump, which was held in the WATTS, with a leap of 1.68m. Jones, who won the indoor high jump in the same location, clearing a height of 1.68m. Jones cleared her first attempts at 1.62m, 1.65m and 1.68m. She was the only competitor to clear over 1.65m. McKenzie Sturtz finished fifth at 1.59m.

Corbett won her second straight shot put title and gave the Penguins nine straight titles and 12 of the last 13 in impressive fashion. She had a winning throw of 15.81m, which is a new Horizon League mark. She won the event by 2.37m over NKU's Ashley Brown. Corbett's six attempts were all more than 15 meters. 

Lacey was the first Penguin to claim an event title on Saturday outscoring Detroit's Kyri Jackson in the heptathlon. Lacey scored 4,385 points to Jackson's 4,304 points.

In the running events, YSU had the top qualifiers in the 100m and 200m dashes and 100m and 400m hurdles.

YSU had the top two qualifiers in the 100m dash and the 200m dash. In the 100m, Jaliyah Elliott and Taylor Thompkins. Elliott had a time of 11.80 seconds while Thompkins ran a 11.94. In the 200m, Elliott ran a time of 24.42 seconds and Keishawnna Burts was second at 24.86 seconds.

The Penguins advanced a pair of runners in the 400m in Burts and Iva Domitrovich. Burts won her heat running a time of 58.67 seconds and Domitrovich won her heat running a 59.15. YSU's Alison Green qualified in fifth place for the 800m run.

In the 100m hurdles, Amber Eles ran a time of 13.78 seconds and was the lone runner under 14.10 on the day. Taylor McDonald qualified fourth running a time of 14.44 seconds. It was McDonald who had the fastest time in the 400m hurdles running a 103.70.

In the long jump, Ellie Pollock placed third with a leap of 5.68m while Chandler Killins was fourth with a leap of 5.53m. In the pole vault, Sabrina Mauerman was third at 3.65m while Caitlyn Trebella was fourth clearing the bar at 3.55m.

The Penguins will go for there fourth straight Horizon League title when the final day of the championships resumes on Sunday at 10 a.m.