Watson, Latone Win Events on Day One of Horizon League Championships

Daiquain Watson (Photo by Derek Skinner)
Daiquain Watson (Photo by Derek Skinner)

Sophomore Daiquain Watson and senior Dylan Latone won events to help the Youngstown State men's track and field take a 19 point lead over Oakland following day one of the Horizon League Championships from the WATTS. 

Watson won his second consecutive Horizon League long jump title after jumping 7.15m on his final attempt of the afternoon. Watson becomes the first Penguin in program history to win the event multiple times.

Latone also won his second consecutive Horizon League pole vault title after clearing 4.75m on his first attempt of the afternoon. Latone becomes the first pole vaulter in YSU program history to win event multiple times. Jett Murphy was the runner-up after clearing a personal-best mark of 4.65m.

Senior Chad Zallow dominated the preliminaries today after posting the top-times in the 60m dash, 60m hurdles, and 200m dash. In the 60m dash, Zallow blazed to a Horizon League meet record after finishing with a time of 6.72 seconds. In the 60m hurdles, Zallow posted a time of 7.67 seconds, and in the 200m dash he had the top qualifying time at 21.59 seconds.

Senior Alan Burns turned in a outstanding performance in the 5,000m after placing second with a time of 15:00.47.

Collin Harden, Cole Smith and Myron Anderson finished second, third and fourth in the 60m hurdles. Smith ran the third fastest time in school history after finishing in 8.06 seconds.

Following Zallow in the 60m dash was Josh Beaumont, Brendon Lucas, and Jamynk Jackson who all qualified for tomorrow's finals. Lucas, Jackson and Beaumont also posted top qualifying times in the 200m dash to secure a spot in tomorrow's finals.

Collin Harden, Cody Sikora and Pierlus Stewart each qualified for tomorrow's 400m dash final. Harden posted the second fastest preliminary time after finishing in 49.52 seconds.

Sean Peterson and Cole Lovett will both race in tomorrow's 800m final after finishing with a pair of top eight qualifying times! Peterson will have a shot to defend his Horizon League title after finishing with the second fastest time of 1:56.05.

Joe Pfeffer led the Penguins in the weight throw after finishing in fourth place. Pfeffer recorded a new personal-best throw after reaching a mark of 17.28m on his fifth attempt of the afternoon.
 
After Day 1 of the heptathlon, junior Stefan Pontius sits in fourth place with 2,460 points. Pontius set a personal-best mark in shot put at 9.97m.