Throwers, Distance Runners Shine on Day One at Horizon League Championships

Jake Wilson (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Jake Wilson (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Youngstown, Ohio - The Youngstown State men's and women's track and field teams dominated the first day of the 2019 Horizon League Track and Field Championships by winning four events events as well as setting a new school record in the men's javelin.

The Penguins lead the men's competition with 52 points as well as the women's with 40 points after day on of competition. 

Dom Westbay won the discus with a personal best throw of 50.31m while Zach Gehm finished as the runner-up after throwing the disc 50.30m. Westbay became just the fourth Penguin in school history to win the event. His mark in the discus was also the fifth best in school history.

In the women's discus, Kaitlyn Merwin finished as the runner-up with a personal-best throw of 44.62m. Nicolette Kreatsoulas finished fourth after throwing the disc 43.78m and Sammy Dyson was fifth with a mark of 42.27m. 

Angela Lock won the the javelin for the third consecutive year after recording a mark of 41.22m on her fifth attempt. Olivia Jones was the runner-up with a personal-best mark of 38.43m and Coreen Crosby earned a fourth place finish after throwing the javelin for a personal-best mark of 35.79.

On the men's side, Jake Wilson wasted no time breaking the school record as he threw the javelin 66.98m on his first attempt of the afternoon. Wilson also won the Horizon League javelin title for the third consecutive year making him the third thrower in league history to accomplish that feat. Fellow senior Noah Drudy finished as the runner-up after recording a personal-best mark of 65.86m on his second attempt. 

Through five events in the heptathlon, Olivia Jones is in first place with 3,103 points. Jones led off day with a personal-best time of 14.60 seconds in the 100m hurdles. She followed that up with a personal-best performance in the high jump after clearing the bar at 1.68m. In the shot put, Jones recorded another personal-best mark with throw of 11.70m. Jones closed out her day by running a personal-best time in the 200m dash at 26.70 seconds.

Through five events in the decathlon, Stefan Pontius is fifth with 2,946 points. Pontius started his by running the 100m dash in 11.78 seconds. He followed that up with by jumping 5.91m in the long jump and throwing 9.29m in the shot put. Pontius closed out the day by clearing 1.80m in the high jump and running a time of 54.63 seconds in the 400m. 

On the men's side in the 1500m, Cole Lovett and Chris Butler qualified for finals which will be held on Sunday at 11:15 p.m. On the women's side, Nicole Squatrito qualified for the finals as well after finishing with the sixth fastest time in the preliminaries at 4:46.96. Her race follow the men's at 11:30 p.m. 

Ryan Sullivan won the first 10000m title in school history after crossing the finish line in a facility record time of 30:52.30. Tyler Polman finished seventh with a personal-best time of 32:03.16 and James Nedrich was 11th with a time of 32:57.31,

On the women's side, Jennifer Muhlenkamp capped off a successful day for the Penguins with a third place finish in the 10000m after finishing in 36:53.18!

Action resumes on Saturday at 9 a.m. with the decathlon and heptathlon. The shot put kicks off a busy day of field events at noon while the running events start at 4 p.m. with the prelims of the men's 110m hurdles. The final for the men's and women's steeplechase will close out the day at 6:55 p.m.