HORIZON LEAGUE INDOOR TRACK
Several facility and meet records were broken on Saturday on the first day of the Horizon League indoor track and field championships at the Watson and Tressel Training Site on the campus of Youngstown State.
In all, six Horizon League records fell and seven new WATTS records were set, including four student-athletes who broke both marks.
The first to break set a pair of new records was Milwaukee senior Garrett Vetesnik, who took first place in the men’s pole vault competition with a 4.95m height. The old Horizon League mark of 4.90m had been set in 2009 by UIC’s Mike Savegnago.
Nearly simultaneously to Vetesnik’s feat, Loyola junior James McLachlan set new facility and meet records while winning the long jump with a 7.58m leap. McLachlan broke his own Horizon League record of 7.57m, which he set during the preliminary round of last year’s championship.
Fellow Rambler Candice Carajohn also set WATTS and Horizon League records with a 6.05m long jump. Carajohn broke the old conference mark of 5.93m set by Milwaukee’s Reigna Pierce in 2011.
The final dual-record-setting performance came in the prelims of the women’s 200m, when Youngstown State junior Ciara Jarrett broke her own 24.68 mark from last year’s championship with a 24.48 finish.
Detroit junior Eric Lewis set a new WATTS record while winning the men’s weight throw with a 19.28m distance. Two men’s runners set records in the prelims: Youngstown State’s Michael Davis set the Horizon League record (6.81) in the 60m and Loyola’s Kevin Glastetter set the WATTS mark (48.36) in the 400m. Milwaukee senior Sarah Finer set a new Horizon League mark with a 3.81m pole vault.
Other finals winners on Saturday night included Loyola sophomore Sam Penzenstadler and senior Gina Valgoi, who swept the 5,000m runs. Both were also individual champions at last fall’s Horizon League cross country championships in Kenosha, Wis.
The Ramblers squad also won the men’s distance medley relay (10:11.98), but cross-town rival UIC took the women’s DMR title (11:57.43).
Milwaukee junior Nancy Harmon won the women’s weight throw title with a 17.38m toss.
In the women’s pentathlon, Milwaukee’s Shelby Schaal repeated as champion, scoring 3,500 points. Fellow Panther Dan Simon leads the heptathlon with 2,870 points after four events (60m, LJ, SP, HJ) with the final three events (60mH, PV, 1000m) kicking off the action at 9 a.m. today.
The Youngstown State softball team dropped its first two games of the 2013 season with a 9-7 loss to Campbell and a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bowling Green at the Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament.
The Penguins fell behind Campbell 7-0 after two innings, but rallied with two runs in the third and five in the fourth to tie the game at 7-7.
Campbell though scored two more in the top of the fifth and held off the Penguins the rest of the way for the 9-7 win.
Senior Vicky Rumph belted a two-run home run in the top of the third to cut the deficit to 7-2.
Freshman Miranda Castiglione, who had two hits, had a run-scoring single and senior Caroline Krombach drove in a run on a ground out to cut the Campbell lead down to 7-4.
Castiglione then scored on a wild pitch and junior Samantha Snodgrass laced a two-out, two-run double to tie the game at 7.
In the second game against Bowling Green, junior Casey Crozier struck out six and gave up just four hits and allowed just one run, but was the hard-luck loser.
The Penguins (0-2) face Jacksonville State at noon today.
West Virginia scored four runs in the first inning and got solid pitching to defeat the Youngstown State baseball team 7-3 at Wake Forest.
YSU starter Patrick O’Brien struck out the first Mountaineer hitter he faced, but he allowed three straight singles and a three-run homer to Ryan McBroom. That was all the lead his counterpart, John Means, needed for WVU. The sophomore lefty held the Penguins to one run on four hits in five innings to earn his first win.
Kris Moules had two hits and an RBI, and six other players had hits for YSU. Devin Higgins scored twice and added an RBI for the Penguins, who dropped to 2-5. Drew Dosch was held hitless in a game for the first time this season.
YSU wraps up its four-game swing at Wake Forest with a game against the host Demon Deacons at noon today.