Penguins Seek Second Horizon League Triple Crown in Three Years

Brendon Lucas
Brendon Lucas

The Youngstown State men's track and field team will look to capture their third Horizon League Outdoor Championship in the last four years when the league meet begins on Friday afternoon from Farmers National Bank Field. 

The Penguins are also looking to secure their second Horizon League triple crown in the last three years having already won this year's Horizon League Cross Country title in November and Indoor Track and Field title in February.

The Penguins return three individual event winners from last year's runner-up squad. Chad Zallow (110m hurdles), Collin Harden (400m hurdles) and Dylan Latone (pole vault) will all compete at the league meet.

In the league rankings, YSU has three of the top five runners in the 100m dash, three of the top five in the 200m dash, three of the top five in the 400m, the top runner in the 800m and 1,500m, two of the top three in the 5000m, the second best in the 10,000m, four of the top five in the 110m hurdles, the top two in the 400m hurdles as well as the fastest 4x100m relay time this spring.

In the field events, Terron Taylor leads the high jump, Macklin Rose and Dylan Latone are 1-2 in the pole vault, Dom Westbay owns the best shot put mark, Zach Gehm has the furthest throw in the discus, Joe Pfeffer has the top mark in the hammer throw and Jake Wilson and Noah Drudy are the top two in the javelin.

Chad Zallow won the 110m hurdles last year and is trying to become just the third three-time winner in league history. He owns the league's top time and ranks 14th in the nation with a time of 13.70 seconds set at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Zallow also has the top performances in the 100m dash (10.56 seconds) and ranks second in the 200m (21.59 seconds). 

In the 110m hurdles, Harden has the third-fastest time, Myron Anderson ranks fourth while Cole Smith rounds out the top 5 with a time of 14.75 seconds. In the 400m hurdles, Harden leads the way for the Penguins and is looking to become the league's firt three-time winner in the event. 

Josh Beaumont ranks seconds in the 100m dash and fifth in the 200m dash, while Brendon Lucas is fifth in the 100m and sixth in the 200m. YSU has won two straight titles and three of the last four in the 100m dash. In the 200m, Jamynk Jackson has the fourth best time as the Penguins look to defend their title in the event. In the 400m, Cody Sikora ranks second with a time of 48.15 seconds and Harden comes in with the third fastest time. 

After winning the 800m indoor championship the past two seasons, Sean Peterson will look to secure his first outdoor title as he enters the championship with the fastest time at 1:52.79. Peterson also owns the league's fastest time in the 1500m entering the weekend. 

In the 5000m run, seniors Ryan Sullivan and Alan Burns will look to bring home the Penguins first title since 2014 as they enter the championships with the second and third fastest times. Sullivan also has the second-fastest time in the 10000m run while Burns owns the fourth quickest time in the 3000m steeplechase. 

The Penguins ran the league's best time in the 4x100m relay at the Northeast Ohio Quad with a time of 41.55 seconds. YSU will look to defend it's title in the event while also seeking their first championship in the 4x400m relay since 2004. 

Dylan Latone is looking to become the third three-time winner in the pole vault and the first since 2011-13. Fellow senior Macklin Rose enters the weekend with the top mark in the league after breaking the school record last week.  

Freshman Terron Taylor will look to continue the recent success of the high jumpers at the championships as he enters the weekend with the league's best mark in the event. YSU has won six of the last eight titles including last year. 

In the throwing events, Wilson will look secure the third straight javelin title for the Penguins when the event takes place on Friday afternoon. Westbay looks to reclaim the title in the shot put for the Penguins after failing to win last year for the first time in 10 years (2008-17). Brandon Orlando heads into the weekend with the league's third best mark in the shot. 

In the discus, Gehm has the league's top mark at 54.17m and is looking to become the fourth Penguin in school history to win the event. Pfeffer holds the conference's best mark in the hammer throw at 54.55m as he goes into the weekend seeking the fifth title in the last six years for YSU.  

The 2019 Horizon League Outdoor Championships kickoffs on Friday at noon with the decathlon and men's/women's discus throw.