Track & Field Has Impressive Saturday at Three Meets

Sean Peterson (Photo by David Dermer)
Sean Peterson (Photo by David Dermer)

The Youngstown State men's and women's track and field teams posted solid marks on Saturday when they competed at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, Westminster Invitational and Bison Outdoor Classic. 

The Penguins earned 13 first place finishes at Westminster as well as a number of top five finishes at the University of Miami. The distance runners capped off the day with Sean Peterson running the second fastest time in school history in the 1500m as we all Ryan Sullivan coming within a second of breaking the school record in the 5000m.

Hurricane Alumni Invitational

Chad Zallow finished ninth and Collin Harden placed 12th in the 110m hurdles to begin the day for the Penguins. Zallow finished with time of 14.21 seconds in Heat 1 while Harden clocked the fourth fastest time in school history at 14.46 seconds. Olympic gold medalist Omar Mcleod won the event after finishing in 13.29 seconds.

Olivia Jones competed on the women's side and finished with the 14th fastest time overall at 15.04 seconds. 

In the 400m dash, Cody Sikora posted a top-20 finish while clocking a time of 48.52 seconds. On the women's side, Teneisha Myers finished with a time of 57.78 seconds while Iva Domitrovich ran a time of 58.20 seconds. 

Chontel Fils finished fourth in the long jump after jumping a season-best mark of 5.76m. Fils also recorded a fifth place finish in the triple jump after increasing the second best mark in school history to 12.36m.   

For the men, Daiquain Watson finished 13th after recording a jump of 6.96m. Watson also competed in the triple jump and recorded a season-best mark of 13.40m. 

Freshman Zach Gehm took fourth place in the discus after throwing the disc 50.14m on his second attempt. In the women's discus, Kaitlyn Merwin finished 10th after throwing the disc 41.63m.

In the shot put, Dom Westbay earned a third place after recording a throw of 16.87m which is now the fifth best mark in school history. For the women, Merwin finished fifth after throwing the shot 14.42m on her fourth attempt. Merwin's mark is the now the fourth furthest in school history. 

In the 100m dash, Jaliyah Elliott ran a time of 11.53 seconds while Suerethia Henderson finished the race in 11.75 seconds.

On the men's side, Zallow was the fastest finisher for the Penguins coming in at 10.56 seconds. Brendon Lucas and Jamynk Jackson also competed in the event posting season-best times of 10.79 seconds and 10.83 seconds. 

Elliott raced to a 11th place finish in the 200m dash later in the meet after finishing with the fourth fasest time in Heat 4 at 23.94 seconds. Henderson also competed in the event clocking a time of 24.20 seconds. Teneisha Meyers ran a time of 24.80 seconds and Iva Domitrovich finished in 25.71 seconds. 

For the men in the 200m dash, Zallow clocked the 11th fastest time overall and fourth fastest collegiate time at 21.59 seconds. Jamynk Jackson (21.91), Brendon Lucas (22.15) and Cody Sikora (22.58) also competed for the Penguins. The top ten finishers in the event were all professional runners.

Westminster Invitational 

Matthew Mangus opened the second day of competition with a win in the 10000m run after finishing with a time of 34:00.54. On the women's side, Xena Maali crossed the finish line in 42:37.04 and Emma Hunkus clocked a time of 42:38.72.

DuJuan Taylor earned a first place finish in the long jump after leaping a personal-best mark of 6.87m on final attempt of the afternoon. 

Angela Lock took first in the javelin after reaching a mark of 38.16m on her fifth attempt. Coreen Crosby was third after throwing the javelin for a season-best mark 34.71.

Kira Neef was first place in the high jump after clearing the bar at 1.62m on her second attempt while Jessica Stever finished third after clearing 1.57m. For the men, Terron Taylor finished also earned a first place finish after clearing the bar at 1.99m on his first attempt. 

Dylan Latone and Wyatt Lefker finished first and second in the pole vault. Latone cleared the bar at 4.60m while Lefker cleared 4.45m. Jett Murphy was fifth after clearing the bar at 4.30m. On the women's side, Katlyn Griffie was the top finisher for the Penguins with a fifth place finish after clearing a bar mark of 3.50m. 

Sammy Dyson won the shot put after throwing the shot 12.42m on her third attempt. On the men's side, Brandon Orlando finished as the runner-up after throwing the shot 16.00m on his third attempt. 

Andrew Hallof finished second in the discus with a throw of 45.82m while Orlando was third after throwing the disc 43.58m on his fourth attempt. For the women, Sammy Dyosn took first after throwing the disc for a personal-best mark of 40.85m. 

Myron Anderson won the 110m hurdles after finishing in 14.77 seconds while freshman Jonathan Blackmon finished fourth after crossing the finish line in 15.91 seconds. For the women, Claire Vendemia placed sixth in the 100m hurdles after finishing with a time of 17.01 seconds.

Antonella LaMonica took first in the 100m dash after finishing in 12.64 seconds. For the men, Josh Beaumont finished third after clocking a time of 11.07 seconds.

A few events later, LaMonica and Beaumont both went on to win the 200m dash. LaMonica finished in 26.40 seconds while Beaumont clocked a time of 21.91 seconds. 

Mara Wilson won the 400m hurdles after finishing in 1:05.78 and Lauren Swan clocked a time of 1:11.02. Derek Morrison was the lone competitor for the men's side finishing in 59.88 seconds. 

Chandler Killins took third in the triple jump after recording a leap of 11.21m on her fifth attempt of the afternoon. On the men's side, DuJuan Taylor also earned a third place finish after leaping 13.59m on his first attempt.  

In the women's 1500m run, Raquel Markulin finished fifth with a time of 4:54.58. For the men, Tyler Polman earned a third place finish after finishing in 4:10.26. 

In the 800m, Mikel Lagaras finished sixth after clocking a time of 2:00.16. 

Bison Outdoor Classic 

In the unseeded 1500m run, Natalie Fleming placed 19th after clocking a time of 4:43.62 while freshman Lauren Dolak finished with a time of 4:48.59. For the men, Ethan Sparks finished with a time of 4:03.39 and Cole Lovett clocked a time of 4:03.98. 

Peterson finished with the 19th fastest time in the 1500m run after running the race in 3:49.16, the second fastest time in school history. Chris Butler and Nicole Squatrito also competed in the 1500m finishing with times of 3:59.57 and 4:36.68.

Sullivan finished 11th in the 5000m with a time of 14:23.17. Sullivan was able to lower his personal-best time in the event which is already the second fastest time in school history.

Jennifer Muhlenkamp closed out the night for the Penguins by recording the fourth fastest 10000m time in program history after finishing the race in 36:34.08.

The Penguins close out the weekend on Sunday afternoon when a select group of distance runners compete in the 800m beginning at 11:45 a.m. from the Bison Outdoor Classic.