Woods sets encounter record, Penguins claim four titles on day one of Indoor Championship

Highlighted by Anthony Woods’ Horizon League championship record and two other school records set, Youngstown State’s athletics program has four event titles and sits atop the conference standings after the first day of competition for the Horizon League Indoor Championship at Watson and Tressel. Training site.

YSU paces the women’s competition after Saturday’s action, totaling 68 points. Milwaukee trails the Penguins in second place with 51 points.

The men currently lead the conference standings with 81 points, ahead of Milwaukee and Oakland with 49 and 24 points, respectively.

Three Penguins advanced to Sunday’s final round of the men’s 60, led by Anthony Wood with a Horizon League championship-record time of 6.63 in the preliminary heats. Woods’ time equals his YSU school record posted at the YSU Collegiate Holiday Classic on Dec. 10. Tye Hunt (6.85) and Christian Ford (6.88) finished with the second and fourth fastest runs.

In her sixth and final attempt at the event, Jessica Stever recorded a YSU school record 5.94m (19′ 5¾”) in the women’s high jump to come out on top and claim the championship title. Stever’s mark elevates former Penguin Alisha Anthony’s record of 5.90m set during the 2011 season. in 2019, after finishing second in the event in the 2021 season. Alexis Prater (5.83m) and Nia Williams-Matthews (5.67m) went 2.3 to compete in the Penguin sweep of the event and earn 24 YSU team points.

In the men’s event, YSU would finish 2, 3, 4, 6 and earn 22 team points. Tye Hunt led with a mark of 7.46m (24′ 5¾”) for the second nod, and was followed by Daiquain Watson’s 7.42m (24′ 4¼”) leap, the leap of 7.34m (24′ 1″) by Samuel Challis. and the throw of 6.99m (22′ 11¼”) by Luke Laubacher.

With a time of 8.39, Madison Murry set a YSU record in the preliminaries of the women’s 60m hurdles competition to take the fastest qualifying time for Sunday’s event final. The Columbus, Ohio native beats former Penguin Amber Eles’ time of 8.40 set in 2018. Joining Murry, teammate Teddi Kinsey posted an 8.84 and also advances to Sunday’s final. In the men’s preliminaries, Luke Lauchacher clocked a personal best 8.01, which also stood as the second-fastest time of the afternoon to lock in the rookie in Sunday’s final scheduled race. at 1:30 p.m.

After finishing second a year ago, Morgan Cole climbed to the top of the podium this year in the women’s 5000m race after posting the second fastest time in school history at 17:01 .13 to win the title of the event. With the victory, Cole counts only YSU’s second victory in the event. YSU placed two runners in the top 5 in the men’s race and trailed Hunter Christopher’s time of 14:28.94 for bronze. With a personal best, Chase Easterling finished fifth with a time of 14:33.48.

The Penguins picked up the event win and 10 team points in the men’s pole vault as freshman Penguin Elijah Nelson cleared a 16′ 0¾” (4.90m) barrier for the victory in Nelson’s victory extends YSU’s reign in the event to five Adding four more team points, Jett Murphy moved into the top five with a jump to 4.40m (14′ 5¼” ).

YSU added two second-place finishes and a fifth-place fight in the women’s pole vault competition after Katlyn Griffie and Erin Bogard jumped 3.79m (12′ 5¼”) and jumped 3.59m (11′ 9¼”) by Sydney Walker.

In winning the Penguins’ first title in this event since the 2020 season, Dominic Perry claimed the men’s shot put crown with a 60′ 1½” (18.33m) chuck. Zach Gehm won silver in his second outing of the season only. , threw a throw of 18.07m (59′ 3¼”). Combined with fifth and sixth place finishes from Brock Grundy (16.44m) and Zach Gray (15.88m), YSU earned 25 team points in the single event.

Trying for the Penguins’ fourth straight pentathlon conference title while serving as YSU’s sole representative in the event, Emily Bee fell just short of the winning score for Athlete of the Year Natalie Block. of 3722 points. Bee recorded a personal best 3,583 points, which also qualifies as the second-highest score in YSU history. Bee notched two first places in the event, winning the high jump (1.65m) and the long jump (5.42m), but would be second in the 60m hurdles (8.90), fifth in the throw shot put (9.89m) and sixth in the 800m (2:32.84).

Acting as the event’s overall victory in the final event of the day, the men’s medley distance relay team of Ethan Sparks, Ryan Laird, Mikel Lagaras and Ty Coon clocked the eighth fastest time in program history of 10:14.96 en route to the event championship title.

With a personal best of 49.09, Ryan Laird posted the sixth-fastest preliminary time in the 400m and secured his spot in Sunday’s final run scheduled for 1:45 p.m.

YSU will have four entries in Sunday’s women’s 60m sprint final after posting the first, second, fourth and fifth fastest times in preliminary qualifying. Jahniya Bowers, Kyndia Matlock, Suerethia Henderson and Cyncere Cunningham will chase a win that would extend the Penguins’ streak to eight straight winning seasons.

Bowers, Henderson, Matlock and Murry will also compete in Sunday’s 200m final after advancing through the qualifying stages. A win would earn YSU’s 10th event title in the last 11 years.

Ford acts as the Penguins’ lone representative in the men’s 200m competition, clocking 21.82 for the third-fastest preliminary time on Saturday.

Sean Peterson, Jack Wilcoxson and Evan Alten will battle it out for the 800m title, all advancing into Saturday’s preliminaries with the second, fifth and eighth fastest times respectively of the afternoon. With a victory in the 800 m, Peterson would become the only runner in league history to win the event five times.

Action is due to resume Sunday at 9 a.m. with the final rounds of the heptathlon competition. Then, day two’s field events will begin with the women’s high jump competition at 9:15 a.m., leading to the running events at 1 p.m. with the final heats of the men’s mile race.

Team Ranking
1) Youngstown State – 68
2) Milwaukee – 51
3) Oakland – 34
4) RMU – 24
5) Purdue Fort Wayne – 23
6) State of Wright – 14
7) UIC-11
8) Detroit Mercy – 6
9) IUPUI-3
10) Cleveland State
10) Northern Kentucky

1) Youngstown State – 81
2) Milwaukee – 49
3) IUPUI-24
4) Oakland – 11
5) Purdue Fort Wayne – 10
6) Detroit Mercy – 9
7) UIC-8
8) Northern Kentucky – 2

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Joseph K. Bennett