Coach Townsend's Horizon League Champions
- 2019 Chad Zallow (Outdoor) 200m dash
- 2019 Jaliyah Elliott (Indoor) 200m dash
- 2018 Carl Zallow (Outdoor) 100m dash
- 2018 Keishawnna Burts (Outdoor) 100m dash
- 2018 Keishawnna Burts (Outdoor) 200m dash
- 2018, 2019 Jaliyah Elliott (Indoor) 60m dash
- 2017, 2019 Jaliyah Elliott (Outdoor) 100m dash
- 2017, 2019 Chad Zallow (Outdoor) 100m dash
- 2017, 2019 Jaliyah Elliott (Outdoor) 200m dash
- 2017 Taylor McDonald (Outdoor) 400m hurdles
- 2017, 2018, 2019 Chad Zallow (Outdoor) 110m hurdles
- 2017, 2018, 2019 Collin Harden (Outdoor) 400m hurdles
- 2017, 2018 Amber Eles (Indoor) 60m hurdles
- 2017 Taylor Thompkins (Indoor) 60m dash
- 2017 Taylor McDonald (Indoor) 200m dash
- 2017, 2018, 2019 Chad Zallow (Indoor) 200m dash
- 2016, 2017, 2018 Amber Eles (Outdoor) 100m hurdles
- 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Chad Zallow (Indoor) 60m hurdles
- 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Chad Zallow (Indoor) 60m
- 2016 Shatasia Walker (Indoor) 60m hurdles
- 2016, 2018 Women Indoor 4x400m relay
- 2015, 2016 Nina Grambling (Indoor) 60m
- 2015, 2016 Nina Grambling (Indoor) 200m
- 2015 Leighton Antonio (Outdoor) 100m
- 2015 Carl Zallow (Indoor) 60m
- 2015 Carl Zallow (Indoor) 200m
- 2014, 2015 Jen Shiley (Indoor) 400m
- 2014, 2015, 2016 Nina Grambling (Outdoor) 200m dash
- 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Nina Grambling (Outdoor) 100m dash
- 2011, 2012, 2013 Ciara Jarrett (Outdoor) 200m dash
- 2013 Laura Kosiorek (Outdoor) 100m hurdles
- 2013 Michael Davis (Indoor) 60m dash
- 2013 Tarrelle Irwin (Indoor) 200m dash
- 2012 Men Outdoor 4x100m relay
- 2012 Michael Davis (Indoor) 60m dash
- 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Ciara Jarrett (Indoor) 200m dash
- 2011, 2012 Ciara Jarrett (Outdoor) 100m dash
- 2011 Michael Davis (Outdoor) 200m dash
- 2011 Martin Solomon (Outdoor) 110m hurdles
- 2011 Martin Solomon (Outdoor) 400m hurdles
- 2009 Mark Lipinsky (Outdoor) 110m hurdles
- 2009 J.R. Hodge (Indoor) 60m dash
- 2009 Jerrill Hall (Indoor) 60m hurdles
- 2007 Aailyah Gillespie (Outdoor) 100m hurdles
- 2007 Yandeh Joh (Indoor) 60m hurdles
- 2008, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Women Outdoor 4x100m relay
- 2007, 2008, 2009, 2016 Women Outdoor 4x400m relay
- 2012, 2018, 2019 Men Outdoor 4x100m relay
Sprints and hurdles coach David Townsend has done a masterful job turning Youngstown State into one of the premier running programs in the nation.
While being a force in the Horizon League for nearly 10 years, YSU stepped up big on the national scale the past three years.
Chad Zallow was one of the top hurdlers in the country under the direction of Townsend, claiming first-team All-America honors at the 2017, 2018 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. In 2017, he finished a career-best third in the 60m Hurdles and followed that with a fifth-place performance in 2018. In 2019, Zallow finished ninth in the 60m hurdles earning second-team All-America honors.
Zallow earned second-team All-America honors in the 110m Hurdles at the 2017 Outdoor NCAA Track and Field Championships as well by finishing ninth. During the year, Zallow ran one of top times in the nation (13.37 seconds). In 2018, Zallow finished 15th in the 110m hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships which earned him second-team All-America honors for the second straight year.
Against Horizon League foes, the Guins dominated the hurdles and sprinting events in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
In 2018, the women won the 60m dash, 200m dash, the 60m hurdles and the 4x400m relay at the indoor meet and the 100m, 200m, 100m hurdles and 4x100m at the outdoor meet. The men won the 60m, 60m dash and 200m indoors and the 100m, 110m hurdles and 4x100m outdoors.
In the 60m dash and the 200m, YSU had runners finish first, second, fourth and fifth. Jaliyah Elliott won the 60m while Keishawnna Burts won the 200m. Amber Eles claimed her second consecutive title in the 60m hurdles. Zallow won the 60m, 60m hurdles and 200m at the indoor meet. YSU was first, second and fourth in the 60m and first, third and fourth in the 200m. Outdoors, Burts won the 100m and the 200m, Eles won the 100m hurdles, Carl Zallow won the 100m while Chad Zallow won the 110m hurdles.
At the Indoor league meet in 2017, the men and women swept the 60m dash, 60m hurdles and 200m dash. At the outdoor meet, YSU swept the 100m dashes and the two hurdles events while the women added a 200m dash crown.
Zallow won the 60m, 60m hurdles and 200m at the indoor meet while Eles (hurdles), Taylor Thompkins (60m) and Taylor McDonald (200m) all won for the women. At the outdoor championships for the women, Elliott won the 100m and 200m dashes while Eles (100m hurdles) and McDonald (400m hurdles) earned wins. Zallow took first in the 100m dash and the 110m hurdles while Harden won the 400m hurdles. Carl Zallow was the runner-up in both the 100m and 200m dashes.
Zallow was recognized as both the Horizon League's Indoor and Outdoor Athlete of the Year.
The Penguins' men's and women's teams swept the championships in 2017 winning both the indoor and outdoor meets. In 2018, the women claimed both the indoor and outdoor titles while the men won the indoor crown.
Since joining the coaching staff in 2007, the Penguins have won 77 individual titles - including 43 the past four years - in sprinting events and the hurdles.
In 2016, Nina Grambling capped off a tremendous career winning the 60m and 200m indoors and the 100m and 200m outdoors. She combined to win 13 races for her illustrious outdoor and indoor career. At the indoor meet in the 60m hurdles Shatasia Walker took first while Eles claimed the outdoor title in the 100m hurdles. The women swept the relays for the year winning both 4x400's and the 4x100.
An exciting addition to Townsend's arsenal was Chad Zallow. A highly-touted recruit from Nearby Warren, Zallow burst on the scene winning the 60m dash and the 60m hurdles at the indoor Horizon League Championships. Zallow, who smashed the indoor hurdles record numerous times during the year, finished ninth in the event at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships to earn second-team All-America status. He was named the Horizon League's Indoor Athlete of the Year. Zallow broke an 23-year-old school record in the 110m hurdles during the outdoor campaign.
In 2015, YSU sprinters won both the 60m and 200m at the indoor men's and women's HL meets while the women added a victory in the 400m. At the Outdoor HL Championships, Grambling captured first in both the 100m and 200m dash for the second consecutive year while the men won the 100m dash.
During the indoor league meet, Grambling won both the 60m dash and 200m dash for the first time in her YSU career. Carl Zallow took first in both events as well. Jen Shiley added a win in the 400m just for good measure as the women won the league crown by one point over Milwaukee. In the 60m women's race, the Penguins finished first, third and fourth. In the 60m men's race, YSU took the top three spots and four of the first five. Both the men and women went 1-2 in the 200m dash.
Grambling was named the Female Athlete of the Year, the Outstanding Track Athlete of the Meet and won the Individual Scoring Champion Award.
At the outdoor championships in Michigan, Grambling locked down another pair of sprint wins taking first in the 100m and the 200m. It was her third straight 100m dash championship at the outdoor competition. A new face, Leighton Antonio burst on the scene on the men's side taking first in the 100m dash. Zallow was second in the 100m.
In 2014, Ciara Jarrett became the first Penguin to win the same event four times in her career at the Horizon League Indoor Championships by winning the 200-meter dash. At the outdoor event, Grambling won both the 100m dash and 200m dash joining Jarrett (2011 and 2012) as Penguins to win both events at the outdoor meet.
As a group, the Penguins won three of the four team conference titles in 2014. The women claimed both the indoor and outdoor titles while men won their first-ever outdoor HL title and placed second at the indoor meet.
In 2013, YSU women won both the 200m indoor and outdoor titles as well as the 100-meter and 100-meter hurdles during the outdoor slate. The men earned first-place finishes in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash at the conference's indoor championships.
Jarrett won the 200-meter dash at both the indoor and outdoor Horizon League Championships. At the outdoor meet she set a Horizon League record with a time of 23.83 seconds. Grambling was the champion in the 100m dash and Laura Kosiorek won the title in the 100m hurdles at the outdoor meet. Also the Penguins won the 4x100-meter relay in meet-record time. In the indoor meet, Michael Davis won the 60-meter dash and Tarelle Irwin took home the crown in the 200 meters.
Jarrett has had a decorated career through three-and-a-half seasons. She has won 10 conference championships, including a perfect seven-for-seven in 200-meter dash titles. She has also won two 100-meter dash crowns and took home the long jump title at the 2014 indoor meet. She did not compete at the 2014 outdoor league meet. The 2014 YSU Female Athlete of the Year, she placed 21st in the 200m at the 2013 NCAA Preliminary Round.
Grambling won three events at the 2014 outdoor meet - 100m, 200m and the long jump.
In 2012, Jarrett won the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash at the outdoor league meet. Davis was second in the 200m wile Irwin was third. At the indoor meet, Jarrett won the 200m, was second in the 60m, Davis won the 60m and was second in the 200m while Irwin was third in the 200m.
At the 2011 Indoor Horizon League Championships, Jarrett was first in the 200-meter dash and third in the 60m. YSU placed first, third and fourth in the 200m. For the men, Davis was second in the 60-meter dash by .01 and claimed second place in the 200m.
At the Outdoor Horizon League meet, Jarrett won the 100-meter dash and the 200m en route being named the Running Newcomer of the Year. In the 100m, YSU had the first, third and fourth-place runners while in the 200, it was first and third. On the men's side, Davis won the 200-meter dash and was third in the 100m.
In 2010, the Penguins had multiple athletes reach the finals of the sprint events at the Horizon League Championships.
At the outdoor meet, YSU took home fourth, fifth and sixth place in the 200-meter dash on the women's side. For the men, Davis was third and Irwin was fifth in the 100; Adam Kagarise was third in the 400-meter dash and the Guins placed fifth, sixth and seventh in the 200.
At the indoor championships, Davis was second and Irwin placed third in the 200 meters, Davis finished second in the 60-meter dash while Symona Gregory led the women placing fourth in the 60m.
In 2009, Jerrill Hall broke the Horizon League record in the 60m hurdles with a personal-best time 8.22 seconds to capture the title while Breanne Romeo finished in second in the 400m with a time of 58.87 at the indoor meet.
At the outdoor championships, Mark Lipinsky also added a first-place finish in the 110m hurdles while Hall came in second in the event. On the women's side, Romeo was second in the 400m dash (54.97), Yandeh Joh finished second in the 100m hurdles (14.83) and 400m hurdles (1:03.28). The 4x100-meter relay team also was second.
At the 2008 indoor meet, J.R. Hodge outraced the competition with a time of 7.02 seconds in the 60-meter dash to win the League title.
During the season's outdoor circuit, the combination of Emily Wollet, Joh, Kari Kreutzfeld and Romeo won the 4x400m relay with a league-record time of 3:45.72.
His group of sprinters were key contributors to the women's team winning both the indoor and outdoor conference championships during the 2008 slate.
At the indoor championships Romeo placed second in the 400m, seventh in the 200m and anchored YSU's 4x400 relay that finished in second by .01 seconds. Kreutzfeld won the 400m at the event and Katie Betts earned runner-up finishes in the 60m (7.83) and the 200m (25.13).
During the outdoor championships Romeo was named the top Newcomer of the Year and was one-hundredth of a second from tying the Horizon League record in the 400m, turning in a first-place time of 55.36. Alisha Anthony, Kreutzfeld, Betts and Darcelle Formby teamed up to win the 4x100m relay. Romeo along with Wollet, Joh and Kreutzfeld were a part of the on the winning 4x400m relay team.
In his first season in 2007, Townsend's sprinters were key contributors in leading YSU to two runner-up finishes at the Horizon League Championships.
In the indoor campaign, Joh became the sixth consecutive YSU hurdler to capture the Horizon League title in the 60m hurdles. Kreutzfeld also won the 400m dash.
The success carried on to the outdoor circuit where Aaliyah Gillespie won the 100m hurdles for a third time. Formby had second-place finishes in the 100m and 200m, and Betts placed third in the 200m.
On the men's side Townsend helped develop Eric Baltputnis to a second-team all-conference sprinter in the indoor 60m. In the outdoor season, Streiner placed third in the 100m and 200m dashes at the Horizon League Championships.
Townsend has been the head coach of the Youngstown Striders Track and Field Club, an AAU organization, since 1998 and has produced four Ohio state champions. He is also the current sports director for the Lake Erie AAU Track and Field Association.
A reserve tailback for YSU's football team from 1976 to 1978, Townsend was a member of the 1978 team that won the Mid-Continent Conference and earned YSU's first Division II playoff victory. He scored four touchdowns in his three seasons and played under coach Bill Narduzzi.
A 1975 graduate of Youngstown East High School, Townsend has been very active in the community. At YSU he was president of the NAACP, a member of YSU's Student Council and was and the Black United Students Student-of-the-Year in 1978. He was inducted into the Ebony Lifetime Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Townsend graduated from YSU with a bachelor's degree in combined sciences in 1981 and has worked for the Internal Revenue Service since 1979.
He and his wife Beverly have two sons, Dorian and Devin.