The Youngstown State women's track and field team will look to win its third Horizon League title in the last four years when the conference indoor championships start on Saturday at the WATTS.
The Penguins placed second a year ago just four points behind Oakland. YSU had won the Championship the previous two years.
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.
Thrower Jaynee Corbett and jumper Savannah Osborne return to defend their 2016 Horizon League Indoor Track and Field titles. Corbett took first in the weight throw and the shot put last year while Osborne won the long jump.
The Penguins will look to make their scoring move in the sprint events. Freshman Jaliyah Elliott and junior Taylor Thompkins rank first and second in the Horizon League in 60m dash. Elliott leads the league with a best time of 7.61 seconds while Thompkins' season-fastest performance is 7.65 seconds.
In the 200m, the Penguins rank 1-2-3 as Elliott leads the way with a time of 24.94. She is the only Horizon League runner to go under 25 seconds during the indoor season. Keishawnna Burts is second at 25.14 while Thompkins sits third at 25.39.
Behind the recent success of Nina Grambling and Ciara Jarrett the Penguins have dominated the sprint events. Grambling won the last two 60m titles and the duo combined to win the previous six 200m dash crowns.
In the hurdles, Amber Eles will be looking for her first championship in the 60m event. Eles leads the Horizon League this year with a time of 8.56 seconds while her nearest competitor has a time of 8.70 seconds. Last year, Eles clipped the second hurdler and did not finish in the final. Winning the event was YSU's Shatasia Walker, the first Penguin to win the hurdles since 2007.
Corbett looks to continue YSU's domination in the shot put. The Penguins have won the last six shot put titles and 11 of the last 12. She is looking to become the fifth YSU thrower to win the event twice. She has a best throw of 14.60m this season, which is 1.27m in front of the next competitor.
In the weight throw, Corbett has the chance to be the first repeat winner since 2009-10. She enters the league meet leading the conference with a toss of 17.45m. Again she leads by a large margin as the second-best thrower has a heave of 16,58m.
In the high jump, an event YSU has won eight of the last nine years, Abby Jones ranks first while Chenera Lacey is second currently in the league. Jones cleared the bar at 1.70m at the Penn State National Invitational while Lacey has a best height of 1.65m this year.
Lacey also has the best pentathlon point total entering the meet. She scored a 3,303 at the YSU National Invitational in the event. The last Penguin to win the event was Yandeh Joh in 2008.
The Penguins currently have six indoor titles in school history along with seven runner-up finishes.
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