FORT WAYNE, Indiana – The Youngtown State track and field program clinched a pair of team titles on the final day of the Indoor Horizon League Track and Field Championships, capping the 2021 indoor season.
The men's team raced to their sixth straight league title and seventh overall, scoring the second highest point total in program history with 218 points while winning ten event titles (long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, pole vault, 800m, 3000m, 5000m, 4000m DMR) and holding the outright lead across all four days.
The women closed out championship weekend with a total of 186.16 points, winning four event titles (pentathlon, pole vault, 60m, 60m hurdles). With the victory, the women become the Horizon League's all-time leader for consecutive titles won (five) and overall titles (10). Coming into the weekend, the Penguins were tied with Milwaukee in both categories.
Both squads upped their team scores from the 2019-20 Indoor Horizon League Track and Field Championships when the men finished with 214 points and the women totaled 183 points.
In the first event of the final day of the four-day meet, sophomore Erin Bogard, while notching a new personal-best, set a new indoor Horizon League record in the women's pole vault, clearing 4.00m and bringing the event title back to Youngstown for the first time since 2018. The previous record was 3.81m, set in 2019. Junior Katlyn Griffie took runner-up in the event, posting a 3.73m mark.
First-year Penguin Chase Easterling captured the men's 3000m run title, posting an 8:40.24. Freshman-duo Ryan Meadows (8:46.36) and Hunter Christopher (8:48.17) also posted top-four times in the event, placing third and fourth.
Junior Wyatt Lefker won his second consecutive pole vault title, clearing 4.60m on his first attempt. Lefker becomes the second Penguin to win back-to-back Horizon League titles in the event.
Sophomore Kyndia Matlock was the best YSU finisher in the final heat of the women's 200m dash, finishing second in the event with a time of 25.04. Close behind, Teneisha Myers placed fifth (25.62), Madison Murry placed sixth (25.94) and Logan Franczkowski placed seventh (25.96) in the race. The Penguins have won the event in 10 of the last 11 league meets.
YSU did not compete in monday's final heats of the men's/women's 4X400 relays or the women's 3000m run.
Youngstown State – 218
Milwaukee – 180.5
Oakland – 104.5
UIC – 43
IUPUI – 37
Purdue Fort Wayne – 31
Detroit Mercy – 28
Northern Kentucky - 17
Youngstown State – 186.16
Milwaukee – 132.83
Oakland – 100.5
Northern Kentucky – 67
Purdue Fort Wayne – 42
Robert Morris – 42
IUPUI – 30.5
Wright State – 30
UIC – 18
Detroit Mercy – 7
Cleveland State - 6
YSU Award Winners
Alfreeda Goff Athlete of the Year – Sean Peterson