Men's Program Seeks Second Straight Title as Cross Country Teams Compete at Tommy Evans Invite Saturday

Men's Program Seeks Second Straight Title as Cross Country Teams Compete at Tommy Evans Invite Saturday

The Youngstown State men's and women's cross country teams return to action at the 51st Annual Tommy Evans Invitational hosted by the University of Akron on Saturday.The men's race will start at 10:15 a.m. and the women will start at 11 a.m.

Last season, the men's team won the 50th annual invitational by placing five runners in the top 12 finishers. Junior Tyler Polman finished 10th with at time of 20:12 while Derek Basinger's time of 20:21 was good enough for a 12th-place finish. Cole Lovett ran a 20:30 and finished 20th and Ethan Sparks placed 23rd with a time of 20:39. 

The women's team finished fourth in last year's event headline by sophomore Mackenzie Scott's 10th-place time of 18:45. Junior Nicole Squatrito finished 16th with a time of 18:51 while junior Natalie Fleming was 21st with a time of 19:00 and sophomore Maggie Sebest placed 25th with a time of 19:04.

Last week, both teams competed at the Duquesne Duals. Junior Xena Maali and sophomore Matthew Mangus posted team-best times for the Youngstown State women's and men's cross country teams, respectively, at Duquesne.

Maali recorded a time of 20:00.06 to finish in 13th place in the 5K. Junior Raquel Markulin finished 15th with a time of 20:12.91 and freshman Hailey Zelinsky posted a time of 20:14.26 to finish 16th. Sophomore Casey Zaitzew was 18th with a of 20:31.57, freshman Ashley Ventimiglia ran 20:35.32 to place 19, sophomore Charlotte Crouch was 20th with a time of 21:19.57 and sophomore Emma Hunkus ran a 21:22.75 to place 21st. 

On the men's side, Mangus ran a 26:52.02 to finish 13th in the 8K while freshman Luke Baun was 16th with a time of 28:12.12. Freshman Ethan Dobler posted a time of 28:25.09 and placed 17 while freshman Joey Stafford was 18th with a time of 28:43.01. Mikel Lagaras was 19th with a time of 29:10.59 while freshman John Gula placed 20th with a time of 29:20.39.

The Penguins will next be in action at the All-Ohio Championships, Saturday, Sept. 28, in Cedarville, Ohio.