Morgan Cole Named Freshman of the Year; Women Finish Second, Men Place Third

Morgan Cole Named Freshman of the Year; Women Finish Second, Men Place Third

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Highland Heights, Ky. -- The Youngstown State women's cross country team placed three runners in top eight and posted four of the top five times in school history in the 6K en route to a second-place team finish at the 2019 Horizon League Championship. The men's team has a pair of runners finish in the top 10 and finished third.

The women's program scored 56 points and finished nine points behind Oakland with 47.

Freshman Morgan Cole, who was named the Freshman of the Year and All-Horizon League First-Team, clocked the second-fastest time in school history with a time of 20:52.9 and placed sixth. All-Horizon League First-Team performer junior Nicole Squatrito's time of 20:59.7 was good enough for seventh in the race and now ranks third in school history while junior Natalie Fleming's time of 21:03.6 placed eighth, earned second-team all-league honors, and is the fourth-best time in the 6K.

Sophomore Maggie Sebest came in 15th with a time of 21:13.3, which is fifth all-time. Junior Ashleigh Rowley placed 20th with a time of 21:31.1, junior Xena Maali finished 30th with a time of 22:02.0, and Mackenzie Scott was 35th with a time of 22:10.1

On the men's side, junior Tyler Polman was named to the All-Horizon League First-Team after his seventh-place finishing time of 24.33.3. His time also ranks third all-time in the YSU men's 8K. Sophomore Chris Butler posted a time of 24:42.4 to finish ninth and was earned second-team all-league honors. 

Derek Basinger placed 15th with a time of 24:51.2, which ranks seventh on the YSU list, and Sean Peterson posted a time of 24:58.9 to finish 18th. Peterson's time now ranks eighth in program history.

The Penguins will compete in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, Nov. 15, in Madison, Wis.