Ryan Sullivan Breaks 20-Year Record, Men Win Horizon League Crown, Women Place Fifth, Gorby Coach of the Year

2018 Horizon League Champions
2018 Horizon League Champions

Kenosha, Wis. -- Senior Ryan Sullivan broke a 20-year program record with a time of 24:27.4 and finished second to lead the Youngstown State men's cross country team to the 2018 Horizon League Championship. The YSU women's team finished fifth.

YSU Head Coach Brian Gorby was named the Horizon League Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year.

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.

For their efforts, Sullivan, who broke Matt Folk's record of 24:32 set in 1998, and Burns were named All-Horizon League First-Team while Schumacher and Basinger earned second-team all-league honors.

All of the Penguins' runners placed in the top 50 overall. Dylan Dombi finished 21st with a time of 25:45.6, Chris Butler posted a 25:56.9 and placed 24th, Tyler Polman was 26th in 26:01.7, Ethan Sparks finished 32nd with a time of 26:20.5, Cole Lovett finished 44th with a time of 26:47.0 and Matthew Mangus was 49th in 26:58.1.

Pacing the women's team was sophomore Nicole Squatrito's 16th-place finish with a time of 22:16.3, which ranks tied as the sixth-fastest time in the 6K in YSU history. Freshman Maggie Sebest posted a time of 22:38.8 and placed 24th while senior Jennifer Muhlenkamp turned in a time of 22:40.0 for a 25th-place finish.

Freshman Mackenzie Scott was 26th with a time of 22:42.4 and Natalie Fleming finished 44th with a time fo 23:31.4.

Casey Zaitzew posted a time of 23:31.8 for a 45th place finish and Morgan Buckley was 48th with a time of 23:48.0.

The Penguins will compete at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 9.