TRACK AND FIELD
YSU battles elements at Horizon meet
The Youngstown State men’s and women’s track and field teams faced an ever-changing and abbreviated schedule on the first day of the Horizon League Track and Field Championships at the Oakland Track and Field Facility because of high winds and inclement weather.
Athletes in the decathlon and hepthalon had to work through adjusted time schedules because of elements. Through five events, Stefan Pontius is in fifth place with 2,889 points in the decathlon. For the women, Jessica Stever is in third place with a total of 2,566 points and Coreen Crosby is 10th with 2,178 points through four events.
In the prelims for the 1,500, which was delayed 40 minutes, YSU had solid performances for both the men and the women. For the women, Nicole Squatrito (4:43.98) and Natalie Fleming (4:43.04) each advanced to Sunday’s finals. Squatrito was second in her heat while Fleming was third. For the men, Dylan Dombi (3:59.64) and Sean Peterson (4:20.04) have advanced to the finals. Dombi won his heat while Peterson placed third.
In the women’s 10,000, Michelle Klim led YSU with a sixth-place finish with a time of 36:58.59.
Penguins drop road game against UIC
Milena Lacatena drove in the only run for YSU in a 5-1 loss to UIC on Friday.
The Penguins (24-22, 14-8 Horizon League) tied the game at 1 in the fifth, but the Flames (28-18, 17-4) scored a run in the bottom of the inning and added three in the sixth.
YSU pitcher Ellie Buffenbarger allowed 11 hits and struck out five.
The Penguins’ Tatum Christy went 3 for 3.