YSU women win Horizon League title; men take second

YOUNGSTOWN – The Youngstown State women’s track and field team used a solid second day performance to pull away and earn their fourth Horizon League Indoor Championship and first since 2008 on Sunday afternoon at the WATTS.

On Sunday, Ciara Jarrett, Jennifer Neider, Mackenzie Sturtz and Jen Shiley all ended up winning the titles in their events.

The women’s final score was YSU with 171 points, Detroit came in second place with 91 points, Milwaukee came in third with 76 points, UIC was fourth with 62 points, Valparaiso had 46 points to finish in fifth, Wright State was sixth with 42 points and Oakland was seventh with 39 points.

The Penguins who earned Horizon League Performance Awards were McKinsie Klim, Track Freshman of the Year, Waibel, Field Freshman of the Year, and the Women’s Coach of the Year Award went to Coach Brian Gorby.

MEN FINISH SECOND:Eric Rupe and Bobby Grace each won events on Sunday to help keep the YSU men’s track and field team in the championship hunt, but the Penguins fell just short placing second to Milwaukee as the Horizon League Indoor Championships concluded at the WATTS.

The final score was Milwaukee with 158 points, YSU had 143 points for second place, Oakland had 81 points to take third, UIC took fourth with 63 points, Detroit had 51 points with a fifth place finish, and Valparaiso who finished sixth with 30 points.

The Penguins who earned Horizon League Performance Awards were Grace, who won the Athlete of the Year and Most Outstanding Performer, Freshman William Royal, Field Freshman of the Year and Rupe who won the Individual Scoring Award.

YSU hung tough with the Panthers trailing by five entering the 4×400 relay. Milwaukee won the event, after fumbling the baton, while Penguins were originally third. Later after a video review, the Penguins were disqualified. But they put everything on the line in the final event and throughout the day to keep pace with the Panthers.