YSU’s McLean wins Disney Classic


YSU’s McLean wins Disney Classic

Orlando, Fla.

Youngstown State junior Austin McLean made it two straight victories for Penguins men runners at the Disney Cross Country Classic on Saturday.

McLean had a time of 24:42.82 in the 8K race and won by 25 seconds. The Penguins placed third at the event. Malone won the team competition with 25 points while Florida was second at 52 and YSU third at 68.

The Penguins had runners place first, 13th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th and 32nd in the competition that featured 21 schools.

It marked the second straight time that a Penguin runner won the Disney event. Last season, Eric Rupe took home top honors while McLean was 14th. Freshman Ryan Sullivan was 13th, freshman Alan Burns was 17th, Rupe was 18th, John Hutnyan placed 19th and Jon Richmond was 20th.

YSU’s Klim, Pompeo are second, third

Orlando, Fla.

Youngstown State’s Michelle Klim finished second and teammate Anna Pompeo was third at Saturday’s the Disney Cross Country Classic.

The Penguins finished third in the team standings out of 29 squads. Klim posted a time of 17:51.22 in the 5K race and was just behind the winner, Hannah Campbell of Malone who ran a 17:44.46 race.

Pompeo had a strong season debut running a time of 17:58.06.

YSU finished with 69 points and was behind winner Malone (33) and Florida Atlantic (56).

Sang-moon leads PGA tourney

NAPA, Calif.

Bae Sang-moon needed only three holes at the end of his round Saturday to stretch his lead to four shots in the Frys.com Open.

Bae was on the verge of a sloppy bogey on the par5-16th hole at Silverado when he holed a 15-foot par putt from the fringe. He then drove the par-4 17th green and made a 6-foot eagle putt and made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 7-under 65.

Just like that, he was at 16-under 200 and in control of the season opener on the PGA Tour.

PGA Tour rookie Zach Blair had a 69 and was at 12-under 204. Matt Kuchar shot 31 on the back nine for a 66 and was five shots behind, along with Brooks Koepka.

Warren JFK graduate Jason Kokrak shot a 2-under 70 to climb to -3 overall, good for a tie for 22nd place. His round included three birdies and one bogey.

Columbus Crew edges Union

CHESTER, PA.

Ethan Finlay, Justin Meram and Jairo Arrieta scored in a late 5-minute span in Columbus’ 3-2 comeback victory over Philadelphia. Finlay started the flurry in the 78th minute with a one-timer off Hector Jimenez’s cross. A minute later, Meram weaved through the defense to even the score, and Arrieta flicked the winner past the goalkeeper in the 82nd. The Crew (12-10-10) solidified their hold on the fifth-and-final MLS playoff position, extending their lead to six points over Toronto FC, the nearest challenger. Following a scoreless first half, Danny Cruz opened the scoring for the Union (9-11-12) in the 68th minute and Andrew Wenger extended the lead with another goal in the 75th.

Germany’s Kienle wins Ironman

KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII

Germany’s Sebastian Kienle won the Ironman World Championship for the first time, beating American Ben Hoffman by more than five minutes. The 30-year-old German completed the 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike leg and marathon run in 8 hours, 14 minutes, 18 seconds. He was 38th after the swim and took the lead for good 95 miles into the bike leg. Kienle finished the swim in 54:38, the bike ride in 4:20.46 and the run in 2:54.36. “I never thought I was going to win this,” said Kienle, the Ironman 70.3 winner in 2012 and 2013. “Never judge a life on one bad day. Judge it on for the best day.” Hoffman finished in 8:19:23. Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae won the women race for the third time, finishing in 9:00.55.

Staff/wire report

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