Nine Penguins Set To Compete at NCAA East Preliminary Round

Ryan Sullivan (Photo by David Dermer)
Ryan Sullivan (Photo by David Dermer)

Jacksonville, Fla. - Nine members of the Youngstown State men's and women's track and field teams begin competition from the 2019 NCAA East Preliminaries on Thursday at Hodges Stadium. The Penguins matched their largest group of qualifiers in program history surpassing after also sending nine back in 2014. 

On Thursday, Wyatt Lefker will compete in the pole vault, Collin Harden will run in the 400m hurdles, Jaliyah Elliott will race in the 100m dash and Ryan Sullivan will participate in the 10,000m. On Friday, Jake Wilson and Noah Drudy will compete in the javelin, Zach Gehm will throw the discus, Chad Zallow will run in the 110m hurdles and Elliott will race in the 200m dash. Dom Westbay will be in action in the shot put on Saturday.

Lefker will be the first Penguin to compete as the pole vault gets underway at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow. Lefker is slotted in the second flight as the top 12 finishers advance to the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, next week. 

Harden takes the track at 5 p.m. when he runs in the 400m hurdles. He is scheduled to run in the fourth heat out of six. The top three finishers from each eight-runner heat and the next top six times advance to the quarterfinals which are Friday at 7:15 p.m.

Elliott will be the next Penguin on the track when she runs in the 100m dash at 6:30 p.m. She is slated to run in heat three of six. The top three finishers from each eight-runner heat and the next six top times advance to the quarterfinals which are Friday at 6 p.m.

Sullivan closes out the first day for YSU as he runs in the the semifinal of the 10,000m at 9:40 p.m. The top 12 finishers advance to the NCAA Championships. 

Drudy and Wilson kick off Saturday's competition at noon with the javelin throw as they battle to finish in the top 12 to earn the right to compete at the NCAA meet. Drudy and Wilson will both throw the javelin in flight two of three. 

Freshman Zach Gehm is scheduled throw the discus in the second flight beginning 4 p.m. The top 12 finishers advance to the NCAA Championships. 

Zallow, who won his two heats at last year's NCAA East Prelims and placed 15th at the NCAA Championships in the 110m hurdles, starts his bid to return to the NCAA meet, on Friday at 5 p.m. He will run in the third heat of the 110m hurdles with the top three finishers and next six top times moving on to the quarterfinals on Saturday at 7:20 p.m.

Elliott follows Zallow on the track to wrap up the second day of competition as she runs in the 200m dash at 7:30 p.m. The top three finishers from each eight-runner heat and the next six top times advance to the quarterfinals which are Saturday at 7:35 p.m.

Dom Westbay begins the final day of the preliminaries at 2:45 p.m. when he throws the shot put in flight two. The top 12 finishers advance to the NCAA Championships. 

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