Penguins Back in Action at Doug Raymond National Qualifier, Iowa State Classic

Terron Taylor (Photo by Derek Skinner)
Terron Taylor (Photo by Derek Skinner)

The Youngstown State men's and women's track and field teams return to action on Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15 when they compete in the Kent State Doug Raymond National Qualifier and Iowa State Classic. 

Day 1 of the Doug Raymond National Qualifier is scheduled to get underway at 4:00 p.m. from the Kent State Field House with a variety of field events. Day 2 of competition resumes at 11 a.m. with more field events, while the running events will start at noon. 

Schools competing in the Doug Raymond National Qualifier are Akron, Ashland, Bucknell, Buffalo, Carlow, Chatham, Cleveland State, Denison, Duquesne, Franciscan (Ohio), Frostburg State, Glenville St., Hillsdale, Kent State, Lake Erie, Malone, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Seton Hill, Slippery Rock, West Liberty, West Virginia Wesleyan, Wheeling University, Wright State and Youngstown State. 

Sean Peterson and Nicole Squatrito will both compete on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Iowa State Classic. Peterson is scheduled to race the mile at 1:25 p.m. while Squatrito will run in the 800m at 2:40 p.m. from the Lied Recreation Athletics Center. 

YSU Athletes Competing

Men: Matthew Mangus 5000m, Samuel Challis long jump, Dylan Huff long jump, Tye Hunt long jump, Jakari Lomax long jump, Stefan Pontius 60H/long jump/high jump, Daiquain Watson long jump, Zach Gehm weight throw/shot put, Zach Gray weight throw, Ben Gutzky weight throw, Andrew Hallof weight throw, Dominic Perry weight throw/shot put, Myron Anderson 60H, Zaire Fabian 200m/60m, Christian Ford 200m, Jamynk Jackson 200m, Brendon Lucas 200m, Dakari Carter 60m, Collin Harden 400m, Glen Knowles 400m, Pierlus Stewart 400m, Mikel Lagaras Mile, Cole Lovett Mile, Ethan Sparks Mile/3000m, Derek Basinger 3000m, Luke Baun 3000m, Cameron Binda 3000m, Ethan Dobler 3000m, Tyler Polman 3000m, Myron Anderson 60H, Lonnie Harper high jump, Grant Moore high jump, Brock Wooten pole vault, Blaine Brokschmidt pole vault, Jett Murphy pole vault, Wyatt Lefker pole vault, Brandon Orlando shot put, Dom Westbay shot put

Women: Erin Bogard pole vault, Katlyn Griffie pole vault, Rachel Hart pole vault, Denise Machamer pole vault, Sydney Walker pole vault, Mackenzie Scott 5000m, Maggie Sebest 5000m, Chontel Fils long jump, Alexis Prater 60H/60m/long jump, Jessica Stever long jump/high jump, Alivia Bentley weight throw, Rebecca Dirling weight throw, Sammy Dyson weight throw, Reshanna Simon weight throw, Suerethia Henderson 200m, Antonella LaMonica 200m/60m, Kyndia Matlock 200m, Jaliyah Elliott 60m, Iva Domitrovich 400m, Lauren Swan 400m, Mara Wilson 400m, Lauren Dolak 800m, Charlotte Crouch 800m, Morgan Cole Mile, Natalie Fleming Mile, Casey Zaitzew Mile/3000m, Emma Hunkus 3000m, Xena Maali 3000m, Camryn Jarrett high hump, Olivia Jones high jump/shot put, Hailey Puckett high jump, Kiersten Tricker high jump

USTFCCCA Rankings

In this week's Great Lakes regional rankings, the women's team moved up one spot to put them and the men's teams at 10th respectively. In the first edition of the conference rankings, the Penguins found themselves atop the Horizon League for both the men and women. 

In the event rankings, the women's 60m dash squad moved up two spots to 10th in the country with an average finishing time of 7.45 seconds. On the men's side, the shot put squad fell to 15th in the nation with an average throw of 16.36m.

Elliott Ranks Among Nation's Best In TFRRS Rankings

Jaliyah Elliott's time in the 60m dash ranks tied for 20th in the nation after clocking a time of 7.33 seconds last weekend at the Akron Invitational. The senior must stay in the top-24 in order to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in March.  

Last Time Out

The Penguins picked up five event wins during the two-day Akron Invitational last weekend. Dakari Carter had an impressive showing on Day 2 winning the Blue Division 200m dash and Gold Division 60m dash. Carter also ran the third fastest 200m time and fifth quickest 60m time in school history. Collin Harden (60m hurdles), Elliott (60m) and Jahniya Bowers (200m) also won their respective events. 

Horizon League Weekly Honors 

For the fourth consecutive week, the Penguins were awarded with Horizon League weekly awards. It also marked the second straight week that the Penguins swept the Runner of the Week honors as Carter was named the men's runner of the week for the first time in his career and Elliott was given women's runner of the week honors for the second week in a row.