YSU Notes From The 2019 Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships

Kaitlyn Merwin (Photo by Robert Hayes)
Kaitlyn Merwin (Photo by Robert Hayes)

The Youngstown State men's track and field team won their fourth consecutive Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championship, while the women captured their third straight title and fifth in the last six years on Sunday at the WATTS. 

Men's Notes

  • The Penguins scored a school-record 238 points to win by 113 points.
  • The margin-of-victory is the most at a league meet since Notre Dame won by 136 points in 1989.
  • The 238 points was the second most in league history behind Notre Dame's 242.5 in 1985.
  • YSU has won seven of the last seven 60m dash titles. A Zallow - Chad from 2016-19 and Carl in 2015 - has won the past five years.
  • Zallow became the first sprinter in league history to win the 60m dash and 60m hurdles four times.
  • Zallow became second three-time winner in the 200m dash and first since Milwaukee's Tyler Bucholz in 2008-10.
  • Sophomore Sean Peterson became the first back-to-back winner in the 800m since Milwaukee's Cory Peterson in 1996-98.
  • Daiquain Watson won his second consecutive long jump title and third in school history. William Royal is the only other winner (2014).
  • Dylan Latone captured his second consecutive pole vault championship and third in school history. He became the first back-to-back winner since Valparaiso's Justin Zosso in 2014-15.
  • YSU scored 29 points in the 200m dash, 28 in the 60m hurdles, 27 in the 60m dash, 24 in the pole vault, 19 in the shot put, 17 in the 400m dash and 13 in the triple jump.
  • YSU had the top-four finishers in the 200m dash, the top-three finishers in the 60m dash and 60m hurdles.
  • Head Coach Brian Gorby earned his sixth Coach-of-the Year honors.
  • Zallow was the Alfreeda Goff Men's Athlete of the Year and the Men's Championship Outstanding Running Performer

Women's Notes

  • The Penguins accumulated 193 points, the second most in school history, to win by 40.5 points.
  • YSU has won the last five 60m dashes with three different runners. Jaliyah Elliott in 2018 and 2019, Taylor Thompkins in 2017 and Nina Grambling in 2016 and 2015. Elliott broke the meet, facility and school record with a time of 7.25 seconds.
  • The Penguins have won nine straight Horizon League 200m dashes. Four different Penguins have won the last four races. Elliott broke the meet and school record with a time of 28.35 seconds.
  • Sophomore Natalie Fleming became the first Penguin in school history to win the 800m. She ran the second-fastest time in school history at 2:13.37. 
  • Kaitlyn Merwin won her first Horizon League shot put championship with a personal-best throw of 15.29m. YSU has now won nine consecutive titles and 14 of the last 15 years.
  • Nicolette Kreatsoulas won her first Horizon League title in the weight throw after throwing a personal-best of 17.40m. She helped to extend YSU's winning streak in the event to four straight years.
  • Freshman Olivia Jones won the Horizon League championship pentathlon after scoring a personal-best 3,420 points. Jones became the third Penguin in school history to win the event.
  • Sophomore Jessica Stever won the Horizon League title in the long jump after posting a personal-best jump of 5.81m. Stever becomes the fifth Penguin in school history to win the event and first since Savannah Osborne in 2016. 
  • YSU scored 24 points in the 200m dash, 22 in the shot put, 19 in the 60m dash, 18 in the long jump, 15 in the high jump, and 15 in the weigh throw. 
  • Kreatsoulas was the Women's Championship Outstanding Field Performer
  • Suerethia Henderson was the Women's Runner Freshman of the Year
  • Olivia Jones was the Women's Field Freshman of the Year