Penguins Extend Their Lead on Record-Setting Day at Horizon League Championships

Olivia Jones (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Olivia Jones (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Youngstown, Ohio - The Youngstown State women's track and field team set two school records and three facility records as they extended their lead following the second day of competition at the Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships from Farmers National Bank Field. 

In the team standings, YSU has the lead with 134 points while Milwaukee sits in second with 60 points.

Olivia Jones took first place in the heptathlon and set a new school record with 4,758 points. Jones became just the third Penguin in program history to win the event and the first since Chenera Lacey in 2017. She began her day by recording the third furthest leap in the long jump at 5.00m and followed that up by throwing the javelin 34.85m. Jones capped off the title by running of time of 2:44.045 in the 800m.

Kaitlyn Merwin won the shot put with a throw of 14.33m while Nicolette Kreatsoulas was the runner-up after throwing the shot 13.29m. The Penguins have now won the event 11 straight years and 14 out of the last 16.

After moving to the WATTS due to rain, Abby Jones won the high jump for third consecutive year after clearing the bar at 1.72m on her first attempt. Abby Jones became just the second three-time winner in the league's history and the first since Loyola's Marcia Faustin (2004-07). Kira Neef finished third clearing a personal-best mark of 1.72m on her third attempt. Neef now owns the second best mark in school history. Olivia Jones also earned a fourth place finish for the Penguins after clearing the bar at 1.66m.

Chontel Fils won the long jump while also setting the facility record with a jump of 5.81m. Jessica Stever finished as the runner-up with a personal-best jump of 5.62m. 

Shelby Marken set a new school record in the pole vault after clearing the bar at 3.75m on her way to a second place finish in the event. Caitlyn Trebella and Katlyn Griffie finished in a tie for fourth after both clearing the bar at 3.55m on their first attempts. 

In the running events, Destiny Washington started the day for the Penguins by qualifying for the finals in the 100m hurdles after finishing in 15.14 seconds.

Teneisha Myers and Iva Domitrovich followed that up by qualifying for the final in the 400m dash. Myers won her heat and finished with the third fastest time overall at 56.81 seconds while Domitrovich clocked a time of 58.56 seconds. 

In the 100m dash, YSU had Jaliyah Elliott, Suerethia Henderson and Antonella LaMonica each qualified for the finals. Elliott clocked the fastest time and set the facility record after finishing in 11.64 seconds. Henderson finished with the second fastest time at 11.99 seconds and LaMonica ran a season-best time of 12.44 seconds. 

In the 200m, Elliott, Myers, Henderson and Domitrovich all advanced to race in tomorrow's finals. The Penguins finished with three fastest times in the event including a facility record breaking performance by Elliott who finished in 23.98 seconds. Myers ran the second fastest time at 24.35 seconds and Henderson finished in 24.37 seconds. 

Natalie Fleming and Nicole Squatrito both qualified for the finals in the 800m after running the two fastest times in their heat. Fleming finished in a personal-best time of 2:12.96 and Squatrito clocked a time of 2:13.06.

Mara Wilson qualified for the 400m hurdles final after clocking the second fastest time in Heat 2 at 1:06.34. 

Freshman Maggie Sebest closed out the day for the Guins with a seventh-place finish in the 3000m steeplechase. Sebest clocked the fourth-fastest time in school history after finishing in 11:18.76. 

The 2019 Outdoor Track and Field Championships conclude on Sunday. Action begins at 10 a.m. with the field events, while the broadcast starts at 10:55 a.m. on ESPN+.