Four Penguins Win Events at YSU National Invitational

Arnaldo Morales clears the high jump bar.
Arnaldo Morales

The Youngstown State track and field team had a superb day at the YSU National Invitational as four Penguins picked up event victories.

Winning events on Saturday were Arnaldo Morales (high jump), Taylor Thompkins (60m dash), Keishawnna Burts (200m dash) and Brendon Lucas (400m dash).

Morales bested Seton Hill's Pat O'Connor to take first in the high jump. Morales passed on heights until 2.05m and cleared the bar at that height and 2.10m on his first attempt. After missing his initial try at 2.13m he advanced on his second attempt. O'Connor could not clear 2.13 after making five straight jumps to open the event.

Going for a WATTS and school record at 2.16m Morales just missed on his final attempt as the bar fell to the ground after Morales had already hit the mat.

Lucas won the 400m in a time of 48.74 seconds taking first by 0.23 seconds in front of California (Pa.)'s Joe Vedilago. He came in second in the 200m dash with a time of 22.07 finishing behind Oakland's Aaron Davis in Heat No. 11.

YSU went 1-2 in the 60m dash as Thompkins ran a time of 7.71 seconds to just beat Jaliyah Elliott who ran a 7.74 seconds. In the 200m dash the Guins were again 1-2 as Burts had a time of 25.19 seconds while Elliott was second at 25.43 seconds.

Finishing second in events were Isaac Agyemang (heptathlon), Mike Navratil (800m), Abby Jones (high jump), Elliott (60m dash), Lasander Washington (60m dash), Dylan Latone (pole vault) and Lucas (200m).

Agyemang set a school record in the heptathlon with 4,841 points in his second-place finish. Tyler Zahnow of Wheeling Jesuit won the event with a score of 4,984 points. 

Jones tied for second in the high jump clearing the bar at 1.65m along with Duquesne's Maris Seto. Both athletes eclipsed the height on their second try at both 1.60m and 1.65m.

Latone was one of two athletes to finish at 4.66m in the pole vault, but claimed the second spot after clearing 4.51m on his first attempt ahead of Slippery Rock's Andrew Koksal. Winning the pole vault was Indiana (Pa.)'s Derek Horton at 4.81m.

Washington ran a time of 7.00 seconds in the 60m dash and was just nipped by Brandon Vanderbrook of Slippery Rock who posted a 6.68. Washington was .01 ahead of SRU's Collin Darby.

Navratil ran a 1:56.62 in the 800m to take second behind Bucknell's Jordan Jackson. The top six finishers all ran together in heat four as Jackson won by just over a half second.

In the women's 4x400m relay the Penguins finished in second place behind Oakland in a tight race. The Penguins clocked a time of 3:54.92 while the Golden Grizzlies had a 3:54.35. 

Other top-five performances of note for the Penguins included:

Team Dual Scores

YSU 122, Canisius 39
YSU 103, Bucknell 91
YSU 95.5, Duquesne 93.5
YSU 114, Robert Morris 63
YSU 118, IPFW 62 
YSU 116, Detroit 66
YSU 122, Colgate 49

YSU 83, Oakland 80
YSU 93, Bucknell 86
YSU 110, Colgate 38
YSU 109, Detroit 55
YSU 107, Duquesne 50
YSU 108, Canisius 43