Spectacular Final Day Allows Penguins to Cruise to HL Title

The YSU women won their seventh Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championship.
The YSU women won their seventh Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championship.

Everything fell perfect for the Youngstown State women's track and field team who cruised to their second straight Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championship and their fourth in five years.

On Sunday, Jaynee Corbett, Amber Eles, Jaliyah Elliott, Keishawnna Burts and Abby Jones all won their speciality events to give the Penguins a huge boost in the team standings. YSU ran away with the victory scoring 203.83 points. Oakland edged out Milwaukee for second by a score of 121-96.

The Penguins started the day with a nailbiting win by Jones in the high jump. Jones and UIC's Jeneka Stokes had to go to a jump-off to determine the winner. After each jumper missed on their first two tries of the jump off, Jones cleared 1.68m and Stokes was not able too giving Jones her second straight league title.

Corbett added to the Penguins' win total with a meet-record throw in the shot put while claiming her third consecutive title in the event. On her final attempt she uncorked a mark of 15.81m to cap off the day. She had four other throws of 15 meters or more before her final heave. In the event the Penguins took the top three placings. Behind Corbett were freshman Kaitlyn Merwin in second (13.64m) and Nicolette Kreatsoulas in third (12.85m).

The first YSU runner to pick up a victory on Sunday was Eles. Eles lowered her school mark in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.40 seconds to win the event. It was the second straight year in which she won the event.

Next to win her event was Elliott who raced to a meet-final-record in the 60m dash. Elliott, who set the school record in the event on Saturday with a time of 7.36 seconds, posted a time of 7.40 seconds on Sunday. It was the first Horizon League title for Elliott who was second in the event last year. Also in the event, Burts was second with a time of 7.53 seconds while Taylor Thompkins was fourth at 7.64 seconds.

In the 200m, it was Burts's turn to take the top of the podium for the first time in her career. Burts won the 200m dash with a time of 24.10 seconds. The time broke the school mark that Burts had set on Saturday and eclipsed the previous Horizon League Championship top performance. Elliott was second in the 200m with a personal-best time of 24.30 seconds. Also for the Guins, Teneisha Myers was fourth and Thompkins took fifth.

In the 400m, Myers was second with a time of 56.83 seconds while Iva Domitrovich was fourth. In the 800m, Nicole Squatrito tied for third with a time of 2:17.24.

Chandler Killins placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 11.67m.

YSU capped off an impressive afternoon with a win in the 4x400m relay. The Penguins posted a time of 3:49.17 at Domitrovich, Myers, Elliott and Burts added another trophy to their impressive haul.