Tomei's Horizon League Champions
- 2019 Kaitlyn Merwin (HL Outdoor) Shot Put
- 2019 Nicolette Kreatsoulas (HL Outdoor) Hammer Throw
- 2019 Angela Lock (HL Outdoor) Javelin
- 2019 Dom Westbay (HL Outdoor) Discus
- 2019 Jake Wilson (HL Outdoor) Javelin
- 2019 Kaitlyn Merwin (HL Indoor) Shot Put
- 2019 Nicolette Kreatsoulas (HL Indoor) Weight Throw
Megan Tomei, a northeast Ohio native is in her first year as throws coach for Head Choach Brian Gorby.
Under the direction of Tomei in 2018-19, the throwers helped lift the Penguins to a sweep of the indoor and outdoor Horizon League Championships. During the indoor season, Kaitlyn Merwin won the league championship in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 15.29m. Nicolette Kreatsoulas captured the title in the weight throw after throwing for a personal-best of 17.40m.
On the men’s side, the Penguins finished second, third and fourth in the shot put, led by Dom Westbay in second place. In the weight throw, Joe Pfeffer was the top finisher with a fourth place finish.
During the outdoor season for the women, Merwin repeated as the league’s shot put winner while Kreatsoulas was the runner-up. In the discus, Merwin finished as the runner-up, Kreatsoulas was fourth and Sammy Dyson took fifth. Kreatsoulas also captured her third consecutive title in the hammer throw and went on to be named the Most Outstanding Performer in the field events. Angela Lock took home her third straight javelin title while Olivia Jones finished in second.
For the men, they took second, third and fourth in the shot put as Zach Gehm led the way as the runner-up. Westbay won the discus with a personal-best throw of 50.31m while Gehm was in second. Jake Wilson and Noah Drudy finished 1-2 in the javelin as Wilson ultimately broke the school record with a throw of 66.98m on May 3. In the hammer throw, Pfeffer recorded a fourth place finish and Andrew Hallof was just behind him in fifth.
Gehm broke an 18-year-old school record in the discus with a throw of 54.17m at the Ashland Alumni Open and was named the Horizon League Men's Field Freshman of the Year. He also qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round where he finished 50th while also extending hiss school record with a throw of 54.67m.Drudy and Wilson also participated at theprelims finishing 40th and 41st respectively. Wilson threw the javelin 58.91m and Wilson recorded a mark of 57.94m.
Tomei started her coaching career in 2012 at the high school level when she wanted to spread her passion for throwing onto other young athletes. She has coached a multitude of athletes to the OHSAA state meet, including state champions as well as a dozen others reaching the podium. This past spring, Tomei also helped coach the Marines through the Wounded Warrior Project.
Prior to her coaching career, Tomei was a standout thrower for the Ashland Track and Field program. While throwing the shotput, hammer and weight throws, Tomei was a 15 time All-American and an eight time DII NCAA National qualifier. While serving as a team captain, Tomei was awarded the GLIAC Women's Field Athlete of the Year three years in a row. In 2017, Tomei was named the USTFCCCA Women's Midwest Region Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.
A native of Tallmadge, Ohio, Tomei graduated from Ashland University in 2018 with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science, a minor in Social Work, and a Masters of Business Administration with a focus on Sports Management.