6th and counting! YSU women’s track and field wins Horizon League championship again

YSU Women Track and Field Champions

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN)-The Youngstown women’s track and field team won their sixth straight Horizon League Outdoor championship on Sunday afternoon at Farmers National Bank Field in the Covelli Sports Complex.

The women won with 251 points which is the second most in Horizon League history.

Senior Nicolette Kreatsoulas was named the Most Outstanding Performer in the field events and Jaliyah Elliott was awarded with the Most Outstanding Performer honors for the track events.

Suerethia Henderson was named the Track Freshman of the Year and Olivia Jones was awarded with the Field Freshman of the Year honors. Head coach Brian Gorby was named the Coach of the Year.

Kreatsoulas kicked off the day for Penguins with a first place finish in the hammer throw marking the third consecutive year that she won the event. She becomes just the third three-time winner in league history and the second Penguin to do it since Bethany Anderson in 2006-08.  

In the triple jump, Chontel Fils earned a first place finish after recording a winning jump of 12.11m. Chandler Killins was third with a leap of 11.36m.

On the track, the Penguins raced to the title in the 4x100m relay for the second consecutive year while also setting a facility record after finishing in 46.34 seconds.

In the 1500m, Nicole Squatrito finished strong down the stretch to earn a third place finish after crossing the finish line in 4:38.27. In the 400m, Teneisha Myers finished in fourth with a personal-best time of 56.70 seconds.

Squatrito also earned a third place finish in the 800m after finishing in 2:12.49 while Natalie Fleming finished sixth with a time of 2:14.27.

Jaliyah Elliott won the 100m dash while also setting the Horizon League and facility record time at 11.56 seconds. Suerethia Henderson finished as the runner-up with a time of 11.94 seconds. Antonella LaMonica earned a seventh place finish for YSU after finishing in a personal-best time of 12.38 seconds. Elliott swept both the indoor and outdoor titles in the 100m while also extending the Penguins dominance in the event by earning the ninth straight title.  

Elliott was also victorious in the 200m dash after finishing with a time of 23.65 seconds. Henderson finished as the runner-up again after crossing the finish line in 24.32 seconds and Myers was third with a time of 24.77 seconds. Elliott swept both the indoor and outdoor titles in the 200m and extended YSU streak in the event to nine consecutive years.

In the 400m hurdles, Mara Wilson finished fourth with a personal-best time if 1:05.75.

Jennifer Muhlenkamp closed out the afternoon for the Penguins by finishing seventh in the 5000m with a personal-best time of 17:29.76. Muhlenkamp’s time is now the sixth fastest in school.

The Penguins return to track in few weeks when select members travel to Jacksonville, Florida to compete in the 1st Round of East Preliminaries.


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