The Youngstown State men's and women's track and field teams both claimed Horizon League Championships while Chad Zallow gave the program national notoriety by finishing an impressive third at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The men broke school records in the 60m hurdles and heptathlon while the women set new standards in the 60m hurdles and pentathlon. All four marks occurred at the Horizon League Championships at the WATTS.
It was the third Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championship for the men, including their second consecutive title. For the women, it was their third title in four years and sixth Horizon League crown overall.
Season Highlights and Record Breakers
- Zallow became the fourth first-team Indoor All-American in school history. His third-place finish was the highest at the NCAA meet in school history.
- Four school records were broken during the year. Ironically it was in both the men's and women's hurdles and both of the multi-events - pentathlon and heptathlon.
- Zallow lowered his record from 7.69 seconds to 7.61 seconds this year. Amber Eles lowered her hurdle mark from 8.55 seconds to 8.44 seconds. The new mark in the pentathlon was set by Chenera Lacey (3,557 points) eclipsing the old record of 3,436 points. The new mark in the heptathlon by Tim Holzapfel (5,276 points) eclipsed the old mark of 4,628.
Horizon League Championship Highlights and Notes
- It was the third Horizon League Championship for the men 2003, 2016 and 2017.
- Zallow became the first runner in league history to win the 60m dash, 60m dash and 200m dash. He is one of two to win both the 60m hurdles and 60m dash at the same meet. Only UIC's Marcus Lesley in 2005 won both events at the same meet since 1980.
- Ryan Booth defended his shot put title giving the Penguins seven of the last eight championships in the event. Booth is the third YSU thrower to win a pair of shot put titles (John Seaver and Aaron Merrill).
- Tim Holzapfel gave the program consecutive HL winners in the hepthatlon.
- The 188 points scored by YSU were just 12 fewer than the Penguins had in winning the 2016 title.
- Arnaldo Morales won his first Horizon League Indoor High Jump crown and just the second for the program.
- Jaynee Corbett won both the weight throw and the shot put for the second consecutive year. Corbett is the first women's thrower to win both in consecutive years since YSU's Bethany Anderson in 2006-07. The Guins have won seven straight shot put titles and 12 of last 13.
- Amber Eles won the first 60m hurdles HL title of her career and gave YSU back-to-back winners in the event.
- New faces stepped forward to maintain YSU's dominance in the sprint events.
- In the 60m dash, Taylor Thompkins won her first Horizon League title. YSU has won the event three straight year.
- In the 200m dash, Taylor McDonald won her first Horizon League title. YSU has won the event seven consecutive times.
- Abby Jones won her first Horizon League high jump title. YSU has won nine of the last 10 Horizon League titles in the high jump.
- The women have placed in the top two 12 times in the last 14 years.
Horizon League Accolades
- Men's Champions – Chad Zallow (60m dash, 60m hurdles, 200m dash), Arnaldo Morales (high jump), Tim Holzapfel (heptathlon) and Ryan Booth (shot put).
- Men Runner-Up Finishes – Ryan Sullivan (5,000 meters), Matthew Monroe (weight throw) and Brendon Lucas (400m).
- Women Champions – Jaynee Corbett (weight throw and shot put), Abby Jones (high jump), Taylor Thompkins (60m dash), Taylor McDonald (200m dash), Chenera Lacey (pentathlon) and Amber Eles (60m hurdles)
- Women Runner-Up Finishes – Chenera Lacey (high jump), Jaliyah Elliott (60m dash an 200m dash), Keishawnna Burts (400m dash) and 4x400m relay (Taylor McDonald, Iva Domitrovich, Alison Green, Burts).
- Men Award Winners – Chad Zallow (Athlete of the Year, Outstanding Performer Running Events), Tim Holzapfel (Field Freshman of the Year), Brendon Lucas (Freshman Running Performer) and Brian Gorby (Coach of the Year).
- Women Award Winners - Jaynee Corbett (Athlete of the Year, Most Outstanding Field Performer), Chandler Killins (Field Freshman of the Year), Jaliyah Elliott (Running Freshman of the Year) and Brian Gorby (Coach of the Year).