Women Look to Capture Fifth Horizon League Title in Six Years

Shelby Marken
Shelby Marken

The Youngstown State women's track and field team is looking to capture their third straight Horizon League title and fifth in the last six years as the conference championships begin on Saturday at the WATTS.

On Saturday, action begins with the pentathlon at 9 a.m. followed by the long jump finals at noon. The pole vault and weight throw get started at 2:30 p.m. while the running events kick off at 3:30 p.m. with the 60m hurdles prelims. Finals of the 5,000m and DMR are scheduled to conclude day one.  

On Sunday, the pentathlon will continue at 9 a.m. while the high jump finals getting started at 9:15 a.m. The triple jump and shot put are set to begin at 11 a.m. and all of the running events will get underway at 1 p.m.

Last season the Penguins won their third straight Horizon League indoor title after scoring a school-record 203.83 points. YSU won by 82.83 points which was the largest margin-of-victory at a league meet since Notre Dame won by 120 points in 1995.

Senior Abby Jones (high jump) and junior Jaliyah Elliott (60m dash) are the lone Penguins that return to defend their indoor crowns after winning them last season.

Jones has won the last two high jumps and has been part of stretch where YSU has won the event 10 out of the last 11 years. Jones will look to become the first three-time winner since YSU's Katrina Rettburg accomplished the feat from 2011-13. She enters the weekend with the second

Elliott won the 60m dash last season to extend YSU's streak to four years in a row of winning the event. Elliott comes into championship weekend with the fastest time in the Horizon League in both the 60m dash (7.33 seconds) and 200m dash (24.19 seconds).

Several champions from last year's team will not be able to defend their titles this season as the Penguins turn to some new faces to keep several streaks alive. YSU enters the championship weekend having won eight straight 200m dash races and eight consecutive shot put titles, including 13 of the last 14 years. The Penguins will also look to defend three-year consecutive winning streaks in the weight throw and 60m hurdles.

Freshman Suerethia Henderson and Elliott are both expected to compete in the 200m dash as the Penguins look to keep their eight year winning streak alive. Henderson, who is also scheduled to run in to the 60m dash, comes into the weekend with second fastest times in the Horizon Leauge in the 60m dash (7.60 seconds) and 200m dash (24.26 seconds). 

Sophomore Kaitlyn Merwin has led the Penguins and the Horizon League in the shot put event this indoor season. Last weekend at the Akron Zips Invitational, Merwin extended her Horizon League leading mark to 15.26m. 

After a fourth and third place finish in the last two indoor championships, senior Nicolette Kreatsoulas will lead the Penguins in the weight throw. Kreatsoulas enters the weekend with the second longest throw in the Horizon League at 17.15m. She will also compete in the shot put after recording the second longest throw in the league at 13.19m.

Freshman Destiny Washington will compete in in the 60m dash, 60m hurdles and 200m. Washington holds the fastest time in the Horizon League in the 60m hurdles and the  in her first championship weekend. with the fastest Horizon League time in the 60m hurdles at 8.53 seconds. 

Jennifer Muhlenkamp and Nicole Squatrito will lead the Penguins in the distance events. Muhlenkamp has the Penguins' best time in the 5,000m while Squatrito has the fastest time in the 1 mile run. 

Freshman Olivia Jones will compete in the pentathlon and high jump. Jones currently ranks first in the Horizon League pentathlon standings aftering scoring 3,410 points at the YSU Mid-Major Invitational. 

The 4x400 relay team of Jalyiah Elliott, Alison Green, Suerethia Henderson, and Iva Domitrovich will look to capture YSU's second straight title in the event. The relay team posted the Horizon League's fastest time this season so far with a time of 3:55.28. 

Schedule of Events

Saturday, February 23

9 a.m. • Pentathlon (60-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, 800-meter run)
9:30 a.m. • Hepthathlon (60-meter dash, long jump shot put, high jump)
Noon • Long Jump Final (Women & Men)
2:30 p.m. • Pole Vault Final (Women & Men)
2:30 p.m. • Weight Throw Final (Women & Men)
2:30 p.m. • Men's 5,000-Meter Run (Slow Section)
2:50 p.m. • Women's 5,000-Meter Run (Slow Section)
3:30 p.m. • 60-meter hurdles (prelims) (Women/Men)
3:50 p.m. • 400-meter run (prelims) (Women/Men)
4:25 p.m. • 60-meter dash (prelims) (Women/Men)
4:40 p.m. • 800-meter run (prelims) (Women/Men)
5:05 p.m. • 200-meter dash (prelims) (Women/Men)
5:35 p.m. • 5,000-meter run (finals) (Women/Men)
6:20 p.m. • Distance Medley Relay (finals) (Women/Men)

Sunday, February 25 (All Finals)

9 a.m. • Heptathlon (60-meter hurdles, pole vault, 1,000-meter run)
9:15 a.m. • High Jump (Men/Women)
11 a.m. • Triple Jump (Women/Men)
11 a.m. • Shot Put (Men/Women)
1 p.m. • Women's Mile Run
1:15 p.m. • Men's Mile Run
1:25 p.m. • Women's 60-meter hurdles
1:30 p.m. • Men's 60-meter hurdles
1:40 p.m. • Women's 400-meter run
1:45 p.m. • Men's 400-meter run
1:50 p.m. • Women's 60-meter dash
2:00 p.m. • Men's 60-meter dash
2:05 p.m. • Women's 800-meter run
2:10 p.m. • Men's 800-meter run
2:20 p.m. • Women's 200-meter dash
2:25 p.m. • Men's 200-meter dash
2:30 p.m. • Women's 3,000-meter run
3:05 p.m. • Men's 3,000-meter run
3:30 p.m. • Women's 4x400-meter relay
3:45 p.m. • Men's 4x400-meter relay