Three Women Earn Titles on Day One of Horizon League Championships

Jessica Stever (Photo by Robert Hayes)
Jessica Stever (Photo by Robert Hayes)

The Youngstown State women's track and field team picked up three individual titles on the first day of the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at the WATTS.

Nicolette Kreatsoulas, Jessica Stever and Olivia Jones all won field events for the Penguins on day one. The 30 points scored by the trio helped pace the Penguins to 60 on the opening day. YSU is in second in the team standing, just four points behind Oakland's 64. In the team standings, Wright State is third with 31 points while Milwaukee is fourth with 30 and NKU is fifth with 17 points. 

Kreatsoulas won the Horizon League title in the weight throw after throwing a personal-best of 17.40m. Kreatsoulas's victory extended YSU's HL winning streak in the event to four straight years.

Stever only had two jumps in the long jump, but made them count as she won the Horizon League title after posting a personal-best jump of 5.81m on her second attempt. Chontel Fils took second place after jumping 5.79m.

Jones, who was making her Horizon League Championships debut, became third Penguin in school history to win the pentathlon. Jones scored a personal-best 3,420 points while also setting personal bests in the shot put and 60m hurdles. During the event, Jones won the 60m hurdles, high jump and the shot put.

YSU had a solid day in qualifying for Sunday's running finals. In the 60m dash, Jaliyah Elliott and Suerethia Henderson qualified first and second while Antonelle Lamonica was sixth. In the 200m, YSU qualified four runners for Sunday's finals in Elliott, Henderson, Teneisha Myers and Iva Domitrovich. In the 400m, Domitrovich qualified for Sunday's final with the third-fastest time of 57.83 seconds. In the 800m, the Penguins had two of the top-four finishers as Nicole Squatrito had the fastest mark at 2:16.13 while Natalie Fleming was fourth with a time of 2:16.40. In the 60m hurdles, Destiny Washington had the second-fastest qualifying effort of 8.85 seconds.

In the 60m dash, Elliott set a school mark with a time of 7.26 seconds. The previous fastest time was 7.33 seconds.

Also on Saturday, Kaitlyn Merwin was fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 15.46m while Reshanna Simon was fifth with a mark of 15.16m. In the pole vault, Shelby Marken was fourth clearing a height of 3.71m while Caitlyn Trebella finished with a mark of 3.51m. In the 5,000m, Jennifer Muhlenkamp placed eighth with a time of 17:43.53.