Zallow, Elliott HL runners of the week


Chad Zallow and Jaliyah Elliott were recognized as the Horizon League Runners of the Week for third time this spring, the league announced.

Zallow ran a season-best time of 13.72 seconds to take first place in the 100-meter hurdles Presented by Power 99 at the Penn Relays on Saturday. Zallow won the prestigious event by 0.08 seconds. Earlier in the day he anchored the Penguins’ 4x100 relay team to a school record. YSU was fifth in the College Final with a time of 40.59 seconds, which beat the previous-best mark by 0.06 seconds. He now ranks ninth in the East Region and 11th in the Nation in the 110 hurdles.

In the finals of the women’s 100 dash at the Penn Relays, Elliott finished sixth with a time of 11.70 seconds. Elliott beat runners from Houston, Mississippi State and Indiana in the finals. She ran the anchor leg on the 4x100m relay team that ran the third-fastest time in school history at 45.95 seconds on Thursday.

Both runners will lead their respective squads in action at the Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which start on Friday in Rochester, Mich.


Roach named to HL’s All-Academic team


Youngstown State senior Alexis Roach was named to the 2018 Horizon Softball All-Academic Team after a vote of the league’s faculty athletics representatives.

Roach, a senior marketing management major, carries a cumulative grade-point average of 3.67 and was the recipient of the YSU 2017-18 Female Leadership Award. A five-time member of the Horizon League Honor Roll, Roach has appeared in 44 games this season and has stolen a career-best 10 bases.

Roach’s appearance on the academic all-league team marks the fifth straight year and the seventh of the last eight seasons a YSU player has earned this accolade.

Twelve student-athletes and eight Horizon League institutions are represented. Detroit Mercy and UIC lead the league with three honorees each. Cleveland State, Green Bay, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Wright State and YSU each had one.

The Horizon League recognizes student-athletes with seasonal Academic All-League Teams in each of its 19 championship sports.


YSU will meet Florida in NCAA opener


The Youngstown State women’s tennis will face ninth-seeded Florida in the opening round of NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships in the Gainesville Regional on Friday, May 11. The Penguins will be making their first trip to Florida’s Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex in school history. The Gators won the National Championship in 2017.

The Penguins (16-10) advanced to their fifth straight NCAA Regional by winning a pair of matches at the Horizon League Championships this past weekend. The Gators enter the tournament with an 18-8 record after going 11-2 in SEC play during the year. Florida reached the finals of the SEC Tournament Championships where it lost to Vanderbilt on April 22.

YSU will face the Gators at 5 p.m. following the opening match which features North Florida (17-7) vs. Florida State (18-8). The contest between the Ospreys and the Seminoles will begin at 2 p.m.

This is the fifth consecutive year the Penguins have advanced to the NCAA Regional while the Gators have been to 31 straight NCAA Tournaments. Last year, UF beat UMass, Miami (Fla.), Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt and Stanford en route to its seventh national title.

YSU has played Virginia, USC, Michigan and Ohio State in its previous four NCAA Tournament trips. Last year the Penguins played at Michigan.

The winners of Friday’s matches will play at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.

Staff reports

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