Women's Track and Field Eye Sixth Straight Horizon League Title

Abby Jones
Abby Jones

The Youngstown State women's track and field team looks to secure their sixth straight Horizon League Outdoor Championship as competition from the league meet begins on Friday from Farmers National Bank Field in the Covelli Sports Complex.

The Penguins have won the title in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and are looking to extend the league's most consecutive team championships record. Since 2008, YSU has won eight titles while also claiming a total of 11 since 2004.

YSU returns three league champions, Nicolette Kreatsoulas (hammer throw), Abby Jones (high jump) and Angela Lock (javelin). YSU also won the 4x100m relay last year. Kreatsoulas is a two-time champion in the hammer throw while Jones won the high jump at the last two league meets. Lock is also a two-time champion in the javelin and is looking to become the second three-time winner in the school history. 

In the league rankings, the Penguins have the top two runners in the 100m, three of the top four in the 200m, the top three in the shot put, Jones is tied for the top high jump mark, Chontel Fils has the best jump in the triple, Sammy Dyson had the best throw in the discus, Kreatsoulas leads the hammer throw, the top three in the javelin, two of the top five in the long jump and three of the top six in the pole vault. YSU also has top-five runners in the 800m, the 1500m, the 10000m, and steeplechase. 

Jaliyah Elliott leads the way in the 100m dash with a league-best time of 11.53 seconds which she ran at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational. The Penguins have won eight straight 100m Horizon League titles lead by Nina Grambling (four times), Ciara Jarrett (two), Keishawnna Burts (one) and Elliott (one). Freshman Suerethia Henderson ranks second in the league with a time of 11.71 seconds.

In the 200m, Elliott also owns the league's fastest time at 23.94 seconds while Henderson ranks just behind her with a time of 24.01 seconds. The Guins have won the event eight straight years. Henderson will also look to capture the Penguins' first 400m dash title since 2008 as she enters the weekend with the league's second fastest time at 56.81 seconds. 

Nicole Squatrito ranks third in the 800m with a time of 2:12.77 while Natalie Fleming is sixth with a time of 2:13.52. In the 1500m, Squatrito also has the league's third best time at 4:36.68 and in the 10000m, Jennifer Muhlenkamp ranks fourth with a time of 36:34.08. 

YSU has won the 4x100m relay three of the past four years and two of the last three in the 4x400m relay. YSU owns the league's best time in the 4x100m relay at 46.62 seconds.

In the high jump, Jones enters the weekend tied for first after clearing a bar mark of 1.71m. Jones is looking to become the league's second three-time winner in the event. In the other jumping events, Fils owns the top mark in the triple jump at 12.36m and the second best mark in the long jump at 5.76m. Chandler Killins ranks third in the triple jump and Jessica Stever is fifth in the long jump.

In the field events, Kreatsoulas is vying to become the league's third three-time winner in the hammer throw as she enters the championships with the league's top throw at 58.72m. In the shot put, Kaitlyn Merwin (14.58m), Kreatsoulas (12.93m) and Dyson (12.71m) are the league's top three throwers. The Penguins are looking for their 11 straight title having won the last 10 and 13 of the last 14.

Senior Angela Lock ranks first in the javelin (41.07m) and is looking to become the first three-time winner in the event since YSU's Jessica Parham (2011-12-14-15). Freshman Olivia Jones (38.05m) is second and sophomore Coreen Crosby (34.47m) is third. 

The 2019 Horizon League Outdoor Championships kickoffs on Friday at noon with the decathlon and men's/women's discus throw.