Penguins Have Successful Day at Duke Invitational; Gehm Breaks School Record at Ashland Alumni Open

Zach Gehm
Zach Gehm

The Youngstown State men's and women's track and field teams were in action on Saturday as they wrapped up competition from the Duke Invitational and Ashland Alumni Invitational. 

Freshman Zach Gehm highlighted a succesful day for the throwers and jumpers at the the Ashland Alumni Invitational by breaking the school record in the discus throw. After getting cancelled yesterday, the runners and jumpers had a number of top-five finishes at the Duke Invitational. 

Duke Invitational 

Chad Zallow took first place in the 110m hurdles after winning Heat 1 with time of 13.98 seconds. Collin Harden finished with the 12th fastest time at 14.54 seconds and Myron Anderson ran the race in 14.64 seconds which is the ninth fastest time in school history. 

Jaliyah Elliott finished as the runner up in the women's 100m dash after running the second fastest time in Heat 1 at 11.66 seconds. For the men, Josh Beaumont ran a season-best time of 10.72 seconds. 

Cody Sikora ran the ninth fastest time in the 400m dash after finishing in 48.15 seconds. Sikora's time was a personal-best and the fourth fastest in school history. Harden finished with the 16th quickest time at 48.71 seconds. Pierlus Stewart ran a time of 49.66 seconds and Glen Knowles clocked a time of 50.56 seconds. 

For the women, Suerethia Henderson finished in a personal-best time of 56.81 seconds while Teneisha Myers ran her fastest time of the season at 57.38 seconds. Iva Domitrovich clocked a time of 58.81 seconds. 

In the 1500m run, Sean Peterson finished with the 12th fastest time at 3:56.03 while Ryan Sullivan ran the 16th fastest time after finishing in 3:57.41. Chris Butler (4:02.05), Cole Lovett (4:03.01), Alan Burns (4:09.03) and Ethan Sparks (4:16.67) also competed in the 1500m run. 

On the women's side of the 1500m run, Nicole Squatrito finished with a time of 4:52.22 and Raquel Markulin clocked a time of 5:06.86.

Squatrito also competed in the 800m running a season-best time of 2:12.77 which is just 0.53 seconds off her school record. Freshman Lauren Dolak ran a personal-best time of 2:16.65 and Natalie Flemming posted a time of 2:18.50. 

In the men's 800m, Peterson ran the 14th fastest time after winning Heat 5 with a time of 1:52.79. Peterson's time was the sixth fastest in school history. 

Collin Harden finished eighth in the 400m hurdles after running a time of 52.936 seconds. Mara Wilson competed in the women's 400m hurdles finishing in a time of 1:07.00.  

The men's 4x100 relay team finished with the 10th fastest time at 41.82 seconds while the women's 4x100m relay team ran the sixth fastest time finishing in 46.74 seconds.

Noah Drudy finished second in the javelin after recording a personal-best mark of 61.98m. Drudy now owns the third best mark in school history. Jake Wilson took third place after throwing the javelin 61.54m on his second attempt.

In the women's javelin, Mara Wilson recorded a mark of 36.86m on her third attempt. 

Abby Jones finished third in the high jump at the after clearing the bar at 1.68m on third attempt. For the men in the high jump, Terron Taylor was seventh after clearing the bar at 2.02m while Daiquain Watson cleared a mark of 1.87m. 

In the triple jump, Chontel Fils earned a fourth place finish after jumping 12.30m, while Chandler Killins recorded a season-best jump of 11.41m. 

Watson had the 11th furthest mark in the long jump at 6.89m while DuJuan Taylor reached 6.41m on his final attempt. For the women, Fils jumped 5.51m and sophomore Jessica Stever recored a season-best mark of 5.47m. 

Ashland Alumni Open

Gehm broke the school record in the discus with a throw of 54.17m on his way to a first place finish in the invitational section of the event. He broke Josh Hacker's record of 53.37m set back on April, 7, 2001.

In the other section of the discus throw, Dom Westbay finished third with a throw of 46.41m while Brandon Orlando threw the disc 40.65m. Andrew Hallof (39.96m) and Stefan Pontius (24.08.) also competed in the event for the Penguins. Westbay's throw moves him into fifth on the all-time record book. 

In the women's discus, Sammy Dyson was second after throwing the disc for a personal-best mark of 42.30m. Nicolette Kreatsoulas threw the disc 35.18m and Reshanna Simon recorded a mark of 31.46m. 

Katlyn Griffie finished second in the pole vault after clearing the bar at 3.55m which is the fourth best mark in school history. 

Westbay finished third in the invite section of the shot put after throwing the shot 17.62m on his first attempt. Westbay now owns the fifth furthest mark in school history.

Orlando opened the day with a third place finish in the shot put after throwing the shot 16.50m. Gehm was eighth with a personal-best mark of 16.50m while Pontius threw the shot 9.74m. 

On the women's side, Kaitlyn Merwin won the invite section after throwing the shot 14.58m on her third attempt. Merwin now holds the third furthest mark in school history.

Kreatsoulas earned a third place finish in the other shot put section after throwing the shot 12.93m on her final attempt. Dyson threw the shot 12.11m on her first attempt of the afternoon. 

In the women's javelin throw, Camryn Jarrett recorded a sixth place finish after throwing the javelin 30.05m. Coreen Crosby (28.12m), Hailey Puckett (26.97m) and Kreatsoulas (11.70m) also competed in the event for the Penguins. 

In the high jump, Pontius cleared the bar at 1.70m. For the women, Puckett and Crosby both cleared a bar mark of 1.50m while Jarrett jumped over the bar at 1.45m.

The Penguins return to the track next Thursday, April 25, when a select group travels to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to compete in the 125th running of the Penn Relays.