The Youngstown State men's track and field team will look to defend their crown when the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships start on Saturday at the WATTS.
On Saturday action starts at noon with the long jump followed by the pole vault and weight throw finals at 2:30 p.m. Running events on Saturday start at 3:30 p.m. with prelims for the 60m hurdles, 400m run, 60m dash, 800-meter run and 200m dash set. Finals in the 5,000m and the DMR are set to conclude the first day.
On Sunday, the high jump starts at 9 a.m. with the triple jump and shot put set to being at 11 a.m. All running events start at 1 p.m.
Athletes who lead the Horizon League in their respective events include: Chad Zallow (60m hurdles), Arnaldo Morales (high jump), Dylan Latone (pole vault) and Ryan Booth (shot put). Individuals who rank in the top three include: Carl Zallow (second) and Chad Zallow (third) in the 60m dash, Chad Zallow is second in the 200m while Carl Zallow is third, Brendon Lucas and Collin Harden are second and third in the 400m, Brad Jones is second in the high jump, Isaac Agyemang is second in the heptathlon and third in the long jump.
The Penguins who are looking to defend 2016 titles are Chad Zallow (60m and 60m hurdles), Booth (shot put) and Agyemang (heptathlon).
Last year, the Guins blew past the competition to win their first indoor title since 2003. YSU scored 197 points while Milwaukee was second at 132. The 197 scored by the Penguins were the most since 2005. YSU has never won back-to-back indoor HL titles.
Chad Zallow has been one of the top runners in the country throught the indoor season in the 60m hurdles. He ranks second nationally in the event and in his last three races has clocked times of 7.61 seconds. Last year he was the first Penguin in six years to win the 60m hurdles at the HL meet.
Morales will be looking to win his first indoor high jump title in his last conference meet. Milwaukee has owned the event winning 10 of the last 11 championships. YSU's Jay Jakovina in 2012 was the only non-Panther to win the event in that time. He has finished second each of the past four years and was fourth as a freshman.
Carl and Chad Zallow have each won the 60m at the league meet, but Oakland's Nicolas Girodat has the league's fastest time in the event so far this year. Chad Zallow has not run the 60m dash since December. Carl Zallow's top time is 6.80 seconds just behind Girodat's time of 6.75 seconds.
Booth is trying to become the fourth YSU thrower to win two shot put titles. Last year he won with a throw of 17.00 meters. This year he has a league-best toss of 17.83m. The Guins eight of the last 10 titles in the shot put.
Lucas gives the Penguins a bonafide contender in the 400m dash. The Penguins have never won the 400m dash. It's the only current league running event that YSU has never won at the indoor meet. He has a best time of 48.63 seconds which came on Jan. 20. Leading the league is Oakland's Corey Goodloe who ran a season-best time of 48.46 seconds.
Latone had the league's best pole vault mark of 4.80m back in December. He was second at last year's championships clearing the bar at 4.45m.
Agyemang won YSU's first heptathlon title at last year's league meet. He enters the meet second in the league to Oakland's Zachary Stadnika by just 69 points. Agyemang's leap of 6.95m in the long jump ranks him third in the HL.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, February 25
9 a.m. • Heptathlon (60-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump)
9:15 a.m. • Pentathlon (60-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, 800-meter run)
Noon • Long Jump (Women & Men)
2:30 p.m. • Pole Vault Final (Women & Men)
2:30 p.m. • Weight Throw (Women & Men)
2:30 p.m. • Men's 5,000-Meter Run (Slow Section)
2:45 p.m. • Women's 5,000-Meter Run (Slow Section)
3:30 p.m. • 60-meter hurdles (prelims) (Women/Men)
3:50 p.m. • 400-meter run (prelims) (Women/Men)
4:15 p.m. • 60-meter dash (prelims) (Women/Men)
4:35 p.m. • 800-meter run (prelims) (Women/Men)
4:55 p.m. • 200-meter dash (prelims) (Women/Men)
5:25 p.m. • 5,000-meter run (finals) (Women/Men)
6:05 p.m. • Distance Medley Relay (finals) (Women/Men)
Sunday, February 26 (All Finals)
9 a.m. • Heptathlon (60-meter hurdles, pole vault, 1,000-meter run)
9 a.m. • High Jump (Men & Women)
11 a.m. • Triple Jump (Women & Men)
11 a.m. • Shot Put (Men & Women)
1 p.m. • Women's Mile Run
1:10 p.m. • Men's Mile Run
1:20 p.m. • Women's 60-meter hurdles
1:25 p.m. • Men's 60-meter hurdles
1:35 p.m. • Women's 400-meter run
1:40 p.m. • Men's 400-meter run
1:45 p.m. • Women's 60-meter dash
1:55 p.m. • Men's 60-meter dash
2 p.m. • Women's 800-meter run
2:05 p.m. • Men's 800-meter run
2:15 p.m. • Women's 200-meter dash
2:20 p.m. • Men's 200-meter dash
2:25 p.m. • Women's 3,000-meter run
3 p.m. • Men's 3,000-meter run
3:25 p.m. • Women's 4x400-meter relay
3:40 p.m. • Men's 4x400-meter relay