Cross Country Teams Dominate to Garner Disney World Classic Championships

Cross Country Teams Dominate to Garner Disney World Classic Championships

Orlando, Fla. -- The Youngstown State women's and men's cross country teams dominated at the Disney World Cross Country Classic bringing home a pair of championships. It marks the second straight title for the women's program.

The men's team recorded the 8K's top five six runners, seven of the top eight and eight of the top 11, and won the event by 73 points.

Chris Butler won the event with a time of 25:22.1 while Tyler Polman was second at 25:23.1 and Derek Basinger finished third with a time of 25:30.0. Matt Mangus came in fourth with a time fo 26:02.6, Ethan Sparks was fifth and posted a time of 26:22.5 and Cole Lovett turned in a time of 26:52.3.

Ethan Dobler record a time of 27:09.0 to finish eight and C.J. Schumacher record a time of 27:21.3 to finish 11th.

On the women's side, freshman Morgan Cole won the event with a time of 18:15.2 as the Penguins posted the top five finishers. Natalie Fleming ran an 18:30.7 to place second, Nicole Squatrito posted a time of 18:33.7 to finish third and Ashleigh Rowley placed fourth with a time of 18:35.0. Maggie Sebest was fifth with a time of 18:40.5 while Mackenzie Scott placed 10th with a time of 19:04.8.

Casey Zaitzew recorded a time of 19:16.0 to finish 14th, Ashley Ventimiglia was 16th with a time of 19:21.5, Hailey Zalinsky was 17th with a time of 19:23.5 and Raquel Markulin posted a time of 20:44.3.

Next week, the Penguins's women's team will be split up as one group runs at the Penn State National Meet on Oct. 18 while the second group runs at the Canisius Alumni Open on Oct. 19. The men's team will also run at Canisius.