The Youngstown State men’s and women’s track and field teams maintained strong leads with a strong full day at the 2022 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Elaine Leigh Track and Field Complex.
The women added 64 points to their tally on Saturday and took their total to 113 points. Milwaukee is second with 68 while Oakland is third with 35.
The men have increased their total to 125 points and have a sizable lead over second-placed Milwaukee, who have 76 points. Oakland is in third place with 38 points.
On Saturday, YSU swept the pole vault titles while getting a big boost from the field events.
Thirteen event finals are scheduled for Sunday as the action begins at 10 a.m. with the women’s hammer throw, men’s triple jump and women’s high jump. The running events start at noon with the 4x100m relays. All ongoing events will be streamed live on ESPN+.
Highlights for Men
The Penguins won three individual events that day with Wyatt Lefker win the pole vault, Tye Hunt win the long jump and Dominique Perry first in shot put.
Hunt and his teammates produced a one-fifth-place performance in the long jump. Hunt took first place with a jump of 7.45m, Jakari Lomax finished second with a leap of 7.34m, Samuel Chalis finished third with an effort of 7.32m, Daiquain Watson finished fourth with a performance of 7.27m and Luc Laubacher finished fifth with a mark of 7.08m.
Perry led the way in the shot put with a throw of 17.13m while Zach Gehm had a third-place effort of 15.43m. Finishing in seventh place was Coleson Kertesz with a throw of 14.93m.
Leftker led a 1-2-4 performance in the pole vault setting a school and Horizon League meet record by clearing the bar at 5.25m. Elijah Nelson placed second with a mark of 4.45m while Jett Murphy tied with two others for fourth place as they cleared 4.25m.
In the only running final of the day, Ethan Sparks recorded a fifth place in the 3000m steeplechase. Sparks clocked a time of 9:34.22 in the event.
In the running preliminaries: Sean Peterson, C. J. Schumacher and Evan Alten all reached the 800m final, Laubacher qualified for the 110m and 400m hurdles, Ryan Laird qualified in the 400m, Anthony Wood and Christian Ford advanced in the 100m and 200m events.
Erin Bogard (pole vault) and Olivia Jones (heptathlon) took victories for the women on the second day of events.
Bogard set a school and Horizon League meet record by clearing a height of 4.05m. She led a 1, 2, 4, 5 for the Penguins. Second place was Katlyn Griffie 3.85m high. Finishing fourth was sydney walker at 3.55m and Emma Etzwiler finished fifth with the same mark.
Jones started the day with her third straight heptathlon victory with 4,840 points. She won the event in 2019 and 2021, previously becoming the third Horizon League athlete to win the event three times.
In the shot put final, YSU took second and third place as Molly Radcliffe finished second with a throw of 14.37m and Lauren Sheehan finished third with a throw of 14.19m.
In the long jump, Alexis Prater achieved a third place with a lead of 5.80 m. Prater was just 0.02 off the second and 0.06 off the top jump. Finishing fifth was Jessica Stever with a leap of 5.70m.
In the running preliminaries: madison murry progressed in the 100 m hurdles; Liana Rodriguez reached 400m final; Kyndia Matlock, Suerethia Henderson and Cyncere Cunningham will compete in the 100m final; Nicole Squatrito, Nathalie Fleming and Aiamyia Dudley will all compete in the 800m final; Teddi Kinsey qualified for the 400m hurdles finals and Henderson, Matlock, Murry, Cunningham will be the headliners for the 200m sprint finals.