The Youngstown State men's and women's cross country teams each posted successful seasons in 2018.
The men's team won the 2018 Horizon League Championship, its second in three years, and placed 11th in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. The women's squad, which placed fifth at the league meet, won the 2018 Disney World Classic with its top five runner placing in the top 14 of the race.
Senior Ryan Sullivan posted one of the top seasons in school history and was named All-Horizon League First-Team. He finished second in the league meet and broke a 20-year record with a time of 24:27.4. The Penguins placed five runners in the top 18 en route to their second title in the last three years. Senior Alan Burns finished third with a time of 25:01.0 while sophomores C.J. Schumacher placed 11th with a time of 25:29.6 and Derek Basinger was 12th with a time of 25:30.2. Senior James Nedrich finished 18th with a time of 25:38.0. Burns was also named All-Horizon League First-Team while Schumacher and Basinger earned second-team all-league honors.
Head Coach Brian Gorby was named the 2018 Horizon League Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year.
At the regional meet, the Penguins posted the best finish in program history at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional by placing 11th. The Penguins defeated the likes of Akron, Marquette, Ohio State, Xavier, and Indiana State. Sullivan finished 26th with a time of 31:41 while Schumacher was 77th with a time of 32:37, which ranks tied for ninth all-time in school history in the 10K. Basinger's time of 32:47 ranks tied for 15th in school history and placed him 88th.
The men's team also won the 2018 Tommy Evans Invitational for the first time in program history. Burns led the Penguins, who had five top-12 finishes, with a second-place finish with a time of 19:54.
Burns notched his named in the record books with a time of 24:46, which ranks fourth all-time in the 8K, at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational.
At the 2018 Horizon League Championships, the women's squad turned in four of the top 15 6K times in school history. Nicole Squatrito's time of 22:16 is tied for sixth, Maggie Sebest's time of 22:38 is 11th, Jennifer Muhlenkamp's time of 22:40 ranks 12th and Mackenzie Scott's time of 22:42 ranks 15th on the list.
At the Disney World Classic, Sebest paced the Penguins with a seventh-place finish with a time of 18:44.81 and sophomore Natalie Fleming recorded a time of 18:50.06 to finish in ninth place. Muhlenkamp came in 12th place with a time of 18:57.54 while Scott posted a time of 19:00.96 and placed 13th. Sophomore Squatrito finished with a time of 19:03.18 for a 14th-place finish.