ROCHESTER, MICH. Track and field
Women’s track takes
lead, sets records
Three members of the Youngstown State women’s track team set school records as the Penguins surged to the team lead following the second day of competition at the Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Abby Jones set a school record in the high jump to claim her second straight league title. She cleared the bar at 1.76m to eclipse her school record (1.75m) and the meet record (1.73m).
Amber Eles qualified for today’s finals in the 100m hurdles with a school-record time of 13.63 seconds. Later in the day she posted a time of 1:07.21 to advance to the 400m hurdle finals.
Nicole Squatrito eclipsed a time that had stood as the school standard since 2002 in the 800m after running 2:12.24.
YSU moved into first place with 88 points while Milwaukee is second with 74.
For the men, Dylan Latone won the pole vault after he cleared the bar at 4.71m, the second-place finisher was only able to clear 4.41m. It was a season-best effort for Latone.
In the 100m dash, YSU has four of the top five qualifiers. Chad Zallow led the way with a time of 10.55 seconds, Carl Zallow was second at 10.58, Brendon Lucas was third at 10.73 seconds and Josh Beaumont fifth at 10.77 seonds. In the 200m dash, Chad Zallow led all runners with a time of 21.18 seconds while Carl Zallow was fourth and Lucas fifth.
In the 400m dash, Collin Harden had the second fastest time at 48.53 seconds while Pierlus Stewart was fifth at 48.96 seconds. In the 800m, C.J. Schumacher had the second-best time at 1:56.21 and Sean Peterson had the third fastest time at 1:56.32.
The 2018 Outdoor Track and Field Championships conclude today.
Penguins swept in regular season finale
The Youngstown State softball dropped a doubleheader to UIC, 3-2, and 2-0.
In the opener, Elizabeth Birkbeck Milena Lacatena’s pinch-hit run-scoring single in the top of the third gavethe Penguins (24-24, 14-10 Horizon League) a 2-0 lead by the fifth inning.
The Flames (30-18, 19-4 HL) scored twice in the bottom half of the sixth and scored the game-winning in the seventh.
In Game 2, Yamine Romero went 3 for 3 and Stevie Taylor went 2 for 4.
Freshman Elle Buffenbarger scattered seven hits and struck out five in the loss.
The Penguins will play in the 2018 Horizon League Championship, Wednesday, in Chicago.
Big innings by Oakland leads to Penguins loss
The Youngstown State baseball team got a trio of two-run home runs, but Oakland scored the final 10 runs of the game to beat the Penguins 16-6 at the Oakland Baseball Field.
The Penguins got two of those three homers in the first two innings, and Web Charles’ two-run blast gave them a 4-0 lead in the top of the second. Oakland answered with five runs in the bottom of the second, and scored 10 runs over the fifth through eighth innings once YSU tied the game at 6.
Blaze Glenn and Trey Bridis also hit two-run homers to right center for the Penguins. Bridis and Charles both had a pair of hits to combine for four of YSU’s seven hits.
Oakland leadoff batter Ryan Fitzgerald went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and six RBIs.
YSU starter Collin Floyd was charged with the loss, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits in 41⁄3 innings. Oakland starter Jake Lee allowed all six runs but stayed in long enough to earn the win. He surrendered six hits and walked four batters while striking out seven in 52⁄3 innings.
YSU and Oakland will play a doubleheader today at noon.