YSU Notes From The 2019 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Pierlus Stewart (Photo by David Dermer)
Pierlus Stewart (Photo by David Dermer)

The Youngstown State men's track and field team captured their third Horizon League Outdoor championship in the last four years. In 2018-19, the Penguins claimed the Cross Country title, the Indoor Track and Field Championship and the Outdoor Track and Field title, marking the second triple crown in the last three years.

The Youngstown State women's track and field team won their sixth consecutive Horizon League Outdoor championship. 

Men's Notes

  • The Penguins scored a Horizon League/school record of 311.5 points which beat the old record by 78.5 
  • YSU set the widest margin of victory in league history at 137 points, beating Milwaukee's record of 120 set in 2005
  • Chad Zallow won the 110m hurdles for the third consecutive year and became the third three-time winner in league history
  • Collin Harden won the 400m hurdles for the third straight year while also becoming the first athlete in league history to accomplish that feat
  • Zallow won the 100m and 200m dashes with facility record times
  • Sean Peterson won the 800m, sweeping both the indoor and outdoor titles
  • Dom Westbay won the discus, becoming just the fourth Penguin in school history to win the event
  • Jake Wilson won the javelin title for the third consecutive year while also breaking the school record 
  • Ryan Sullivan won the first 10000m title in program history
  • Freshman Wyatt Lefker was the champion in the pole vault, marking the third consecutive year a Penguin has won it 
  • The 4x100m relay team won the title for the second consecutive year and the fourth time in program history
  • YSU had the top four finishers in the 100m dash, four of the top five in the 110m hurdles, the top three in the pole vault and three of the top four in the shot put
  • The Penguins scored 29 points in the 100m dash, 27.5 in the pole vault, 27 in the 110m hurdles, 23 in the 200m dash, 22 in the discus, 19 in the shot put, 18 in the 400m dash and javelin
  • Zallow was named the Most Outstanding Performer on the track
  • Jamynk Jackson was awarded with the Men's Track Freshman of the Year honors
  • Zach Gehm was named the Men's Field Freshman of the Year
  • Brian Gorby was named the Coach of the Year. 

Women's Notes

  • The Penguins scored 251 points, just one point shy of tying the league record
  • Angela Lock won the the javelin for the third consecutive year, making her the second Penguin in program history to accomplish that feat
  • Olivia Jones won the heptathlon while setting a new school record with 4,758 points 
  • Kaitlyn Merwin won the shot put, sweeping both the indoor and outdoor titles, the Penguins have now won the event 11 straight years and 14 out of the last 16
  • Abby Jones won the high jump for third consecutive year becoming the second three-time winner in league history
  • Chontel Fils won the long jump and triple jump, she became the fifth athlete in league history to win both events in the same year
  • Jaliyah Elliott won the 100m and 200m dashes, sweeping both the indoor and outdoor titles in each event
  • YSU has now the 100m and 200m dashes nine years in a row
  • Shelby Marken set a new school record in the pole vault after clearing the bar at 3.75m
  • YSU had the top three finishers in the 200m dash, three of the top four finishers in the high jump
  • The Penguins scored 24 points in the 200m dash, 23 in the javelin, 21 in the high jump, 20 in the 100m dash, 18 in the pole vault, long jump and shot put, 17 in the discus, 16 in the triple jump and 15 in the hammer throw
  • Elliott was the Women's Most Outstanding Performer on the track
  • Kreatsoulas was the Most Outstanding Performer in the field events
  • Suerethia Henderson was the Women's Runner Freshman of the Year
  • Olivia Jones was the Women's Field Freshman of the Year
  • Brian Gorby was named the Coach of the Year