Women Have Impressive Showing To Claim Record Fourth Straight Title

The YSU women won a Horizon League record fourth straight Outdoor title.
The YSU women won a Horizon League record fourth straight Outdoor title.

The Youngstown State women's track and field became the first program in Horizon League history to claim four straight Outdoor titles as the Penguins wrapped up an impressive performance on Sunday.

YSU finished with 230.5 points to outdistance second place Oakland by 73.5 points in a strong all-around effort. It marks the second time during the four titles that the Penguins won by at least 73 points. The Guins won by exactly 73 points in 2014, the last time the outdoor meet was held in Youngstown.

Winning titles for the Penguins on Sunday were Nicolette Kreatsoulas (hammer throw), Jaliyah Elliott (100m and 200m), Taylor McDonald (400m hurdles), Amber Eles (100m hurdles) and the 4x400m relay team. McDonal is the first YSU runner to win the 400m hurdles title at the Horizon League meet.

Eles was the first individual to win an event on Sunday winning the 100m hurdles by 0.15 seconds ahead of Milwaukee's Melissa Kirchoff. Eles ran a time of 10.71 seconds to win the event while McDonald came in third. It was the second straight year Eles won the 100m hurdles.

Next up was Elliott who claimed her first title of the day winning the 100m dash with a time of 11.71 seconds. The Guins have now won seven straight 100m HL titles. Placing second was Taylor Thompkins who ran a race of 11.88 seconds.

Later Elliott polished off a 100-200m sweep with a time of 24.30 seconds to take first in the 200m. Keishawnna Burts was third with a time of 25.02 seconds. The Penguins have also won six straight 200m titles.

In the 400m hurdles McDonald ran away from the field with a time of 1:00.91. She took first by two-and-a-half seconds ahead of Cleveland State's Alexandria Derkacs.

Kreatsoulas took first in the hammer throw with a toss of 51.62m while Jaynee Corbett was second with a best mark of 48.24m. 

In the 400m dash, Burts was third with a time of 57.65 seconds while Iva Domitrovich finished fourth at 58.09 seconds.

YSU took second, third and fourth in the triple jump. Senior Savannah Osborne was second with a leap of 12.03m, freshman Chandler Killins was third at 12.02m and senior Ellie Pollock was fourth at 12.01m.

Select members of the team will compete at the BYU Last Chance Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Provo, Utah.

YSU's Women's Specialty Awards:
Freshman of the Year – Running: Jaliyah Elliott
Freshman of the Year – Field: Angela Lock
Championship Outstanding Performer – Field: Jaynee Corbett, Youngstown State
Coach of the Year: Brian Gorby