Cooper, Watson Break Records at Season-Opening YSU Icebreaker

Destiny Washington
Destiny Washington (Photo by Derek Skinner)

The Youngstown State track and field program kicked off their 2018-19 season on Friday at the WATTS as the Penguins hosted their annual YSU Icebreaker. A number of Penguins earned wins while Akeem Cooper broke the school's triple jump record, Daiquain Watson broke the program's long jump record, and Chad Zallow tied the WATTS facility record in the 60m dash.

On his third jump of the evening, freshman Akeem Cooper broke the schools' triple jump record with a leap of 14.62m. However, on his final jump of the evening, Cooper set another new record with a jump of 14.87m on his way to first place finish.

Sophomore Daiquain Watson set the school record in the long jump on his third attempt of the evening when he jumped 7.19m. Watson's jump was good enough to earn him a third place finish in the event. 

Zallow won the 60m hurldes and the 60m dash, Abby Jones was the winner in the high jump, Nicolette Kreatsoulas won the weight throw, Dylan Latone won the pole vault, and Cooper won the triple jump. Destiny Washington won the 60m hurdles, while Jaliyah Elliott took first place in the 60m and 200m dash. Several Penguins placed second in various events including Alan Burns (5,000 meters), Suerethia Henderson (60m and 200m dash), Chris Butler (Mile Run), Dom Westbay (shot put), and Jett Murphy (pole vault).

Zallow just missed the WATTS facility record in the prelims of the 60m dash with a time of 6.77 seconds. In the finals, Zallow tied the facility record with a time of 6.74 seconds. Zallow also had a dominate performance in the 60m hurdles with a winning time of 7.69 seconds. Junior Collin Harden finished third in the 60m hurdles after posting a time of 8.10 seconds. 

Jones had a solid performance in the high jump clearing the bar at 1.71m on her way to a first place finish. Kreatsoulas had an impressive night in the weight throw after tossing the weight over 16m every attempt. In her second throw of the evening, Kreatsoulas had a toss of 17.15m which was far enough to earn her a first place finish.

Latone led the way in a spectacular performance by the men's pole vault group. Latone cleared 4.63m on his way to first place finish while Murphy came in second after clearing 4.48m

Freshman Destiny Washington had a solid night in her college debut posting a winning time of 8.53 seconds in the 60m hurdles.

Elliott headlined a dominating performance by the Penguins in the 60m and 200m dash. Elliott won the 60m with a time of 7.42 seconds and edged out Henderson by .04 seconds in the 200m with a time of 24.60 seconds. Henderson finished second in both events, posting times of 7.60 seconds in the 60m and 24.64 seconds in the 200m dash.

Butler posted a time of 4:23.22 in the one mile run. Westbay had a best throw of 17.11m in the shot put finishing behind unattached athlete Alexander Presley who won with a throw of 17.77m. 

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