Penguins shine in YSU College Invitational
By Dan hiner
The Youngstown State track and field teams came into Friday’s YSU College Invitational looking to “get back into the swing of things.”
The Penguins didn’t just knock off a little rust inside the Watson and Tressel Training Site. They competed and won several events against programs like Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
“The expectations were to come out and do well, but to come out and shine in front of our biggest crowd — 28, 29 totals teams but 50 if you combine the men and women,” YSU head coach Brian Gorby said. “It’s the biggest meet in the history of the program.”
Warren JFK graduate Chad Zallow did what he usually does.
Zallow won the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.77, more than 0.3 seconds ahead of the Malone’s Ashton Dulin.
“I got the win today, that’s always a good thing,” Zallow said. “I think I’ll build on thing going into New York in the next two weeks for two more big meets. I’m excited for next week already.”
Zallow was entered in the 60-meter dash but didn’t run.
Amber Eles won the women’s 60-meter hurdles for YSU after running 8.56.
“No matter what meets we go to, our sprints are the foundation of our program,” Gorby said. “They picked up right where they left off last indoor.”
YSU thrower Jaynee Corbett won the women’s shot put with a throw of 15.78 meters and came in third in the weight throw behind Ashland’s Natalie Helenthal and Pitt’s Andin Fosam.
YSU jumper Abby Jones set the WATTS record in the high jump after breaking the previous record of 1.73 meters. Jones jumped 1.74 meters, and tried for 1.76 but came up short.
“It feels good. It definitely gives me confidence going into the high jump,” Jones said.
Gorby was impressed by freshman Brad Peterson after he came in fourth in the 800-meter run. Peterson ran 1:55.40 and finished just ahead of teammate Craig Schumacher, who ran 1:56.68.
Gorby said the Penguins will focus on improving in the 400 and the pole volt in the next few weeks. He said there were “some highs and lows” in the throwing events.
Poland graduates Michelle Klim and McKinsie Klim had strong performances.
McKinsie Klim came in seventh in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:23.84. Michelle was third in the 5,000-meter run after finishing 18:22.30.
“This is their last go around,” Gorby said. “They’re kind of under the radar a little bit in regard to the success. They’ve been consistently up in the top two or three or four.
“Horizon League distance, not to put it up there with the sprints, Horizon League distance is probably very, very strong across the board with all teams. As a result, they work real hard.”
Zallow said the men and the women performed well on Friday and thinks the Penguins can continue their success.
“Everyone’s looking good and getting a good start,” Zallow said. “Hopefully we keep getting better and better and when Horizon League comes, we’ll all be in good form so we can bring us a title.”