Wyatt Lefker Wins Pole Vault; Runners Dominate Preliminary Events

Josh Beaumont (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Josh Beaumont (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Youngstown, Ohio - The Youngstown State men's track and field team picked up an event win and dominated the preliminaries on the track on Saturday at the Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

In the team standings, YSU is in first place with 122.5 points while Milwaukee sits in second with 97.5 points.

The Penguins finished 1-2-3 in the pole vault as freshman Wyatt Lefker was the champion after clearing a personal-best height of 4.95m. Dylan Latone was second place clearing a personal-best height of 4.85m and Macklin Rose was third with a height of 4.65m. Lefker's mark is now the second-best in school history trailing Rose by only .01m. 

Daiquain Watson finished as the runner-up in the long jump after jumping 6.82m on his final attempt. Samuel Challis finished fourth with a jump of 6.74m and DuJuan Taylor placed seventh with a leap of 6.52m. 

In the shot put, freshman Zach Gehm earned a second place finish after recording a personal-best throw of 16.87m on his third attempt. Gehm's mark now ranks sixth in school history. Dom Westbay finished third with a mark of 16.69m and Brandon Orlando was fourth after throwing the shot 16.55m

In the decathlon, Stefan Pontius was fifth with a personal-best point total of 5,152.

In the running events, Chad Zallow, Collin Harden, Cole Smith, Myron Anderson and Jonathan Blackmon kicked off the afternoon by all qualifying for tomorrow's final in the 110m hurdles. The Penguins finished with five of the six fastest times including Zallow who finished with the fastest time at 13.92 seconds.

In the 400m hurdles, Collin Harden, Derek Morrison and Anderson each qualifed the final tomorrow at 12:45 p.m. Harden ran the fastest time in the preliminaries at 53.06 seconds while Morrison finished in 58.73 seconds and Anderson clocked a time of 1:00.73.

Cody Sikora, Pierlus Stewart and Glen Knowles each qualified for the 400m dash final tomorrow. Sikora finished with the second fastest time in the preliminaries at 48.70 seconds while Stewart ran the third quickest time at 49.13 seconds. Knowles clocked a personal-best time of 49.73 seconds. 

Zallow, Brendon Lucas, Josh Beaumont and Jamynk Jackson dominated the 100m dash as they finished with the four fastest times in the preliminaries. Zallow also set a new facility record with a time of 10.60 seconds. 

Zallow, Jackson, Beaumont and Lucas followed that performance up by each qualifing for the 200m dash final tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. Zallow finished with the second fastest time overall at 21.38 seconds while Jackson was third with a personal-best time of 21.65 seconds. 

In the 800m, Sean Peterson and Cole Lovett both qualifed for tomorrow's final. Peterson won his heat with a time of 1:55.82 and Lovett finished in 1:55.20.

Alan Burns closed out the day for the Penguins with fifth place finish in the 3000m steeplechase after finishing in a personal-best time of 9:13.96. 

The 2019 Outdoor Track and Field Championships conclude on Sunday. Action begins at 10 a.m. with the field events, while the broadcast starts at 10:55 a.m. on ESPN+.