The Youngstown State Men’s Track and Field Team is seeking their seventh consecutive indoor league title and eighth overall at the 2022 Horizon League Indoor Championships beginning Saturday, February 26 at the Watson and Tressel Training Site. .
Last season, the men’s team clinched their sixth consecutive league title and seventh overall, scoring the second-highest point total in program history with 218 points and winning by a differential of 37.5. points while earning 10 event titles.
Penguins return nine event winners from last year’s team to Jakari Lomax (long jump, triple jump), Dominic Perry (shot put), Wyatt Lefker (pole vault), Terron Taylor (vault in height), Sean Peterson (800m race, one mile), Chase Easterling (3000m race) and Ryan Meadows (5000m race).
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Evan Alten (800m, 4x400m), Derek Basinger (mile, 3000m), Samuel Challis (long jump, triple jump), Hunter Christopher (3000m, 5000m), Tyler Clark (mile, 3000m, 5000m), Austin Clay (throw shot put, shot put), Ty Coon (Mile, DMR, 3000m), Chase Easterling (3000m, 5000m), Christian Ford (60m, 200m), Zach Gehm (shot put, shot put), Zach Gray (shot put shot put, shot put), Brock Grundy (shot put, shot put), Lonnie Harper (high jump), Tye Hunt (60m, long jump), Coleson Kertesz (shot put), Mikel Lagaras (800 m, DMR, 4x400m), Ryan Laird (400m, DMR, 4x400m), Nathan Leskovac (high jump), Luke Laubacher (60m hurdles, long jump), Wyatt Lefker (pole vault), Jakari Lomax ( long jump, triple jump), Ryan Meadows (mile, 3000m, 5000m), Grant Moore (high jump), Jett Murphy (pole vault), Elijah Nelson (pole vault), Dominic Perry (shot put , shot put), Sean Peterson (mile, 800m), Etha n Sparks (DMR mile), Terron Taylor (high jump), Daiquain Watson (long jump, triple jump), Jack Wilcoxson (800m, 4x400m), Ant Hony Woods (60m, 200m)
Sean Peterson is the only four-time Horizon League 800m champion and is the current two-time defending mile champion. ) and thousand (4:00.22). Peterson’s mile time leads the conference by a margin of nearly 12 seconds. With a victory in the 800m, Peterson would become the only runner in league history to win the event five times, while also becoming one of only three athletes to win the mile three times. Peterson is also the reigning Horizon League Male Athlete of the Year.
Freshman Penguin and transfer grad Anthony Woods leads YSU’s efforts in the 60m, holding the conference best time of 6.63 clocked at the YSU Collegiate Holiday Classic on Dec. 10. A victory in the event would boost the nine program in the last 11 years. Woods (21.57) also boasts the second fastest 200m sprint in the league and will be competing for a sixth title in the last eight seasons.
Hunter Christopher leads the charge in the 3000m and 5000m races for YSU, holding the fastest time ever by a penguin in every event this season. Christopher leads the rest of the league by almost five seconds in the 3000m with a time of 8:15.26. With a title, Christopher would clinch back-to-back championships for YSU since winning Ryan Meadows a year ago. Christopher posted the conference’s third-fastest time in the 5,000 m in 14:23.98 at the YSU Mid-Major Invitational on Jan. 28. A win would give back-to-back league titles in the event for the first time since former Penguin Eric Rupe accomplished the feat in 2014-15.
In the pole vault, Wyatt Lefker is targeting his third straight Horizon League title as he looks to help extend the Penguins’ winning streak to five straight. At the December 3 YSU Icebreaker, Lekfer set a school record by clearing the bar at 5.15m (16′ 10.75″). The mark enters the weekend as the best jump. His teammate Elijah Nelson holds the league’s second best jump of 4.95m (16′ 2.75″).
A two-event champion a year ago, Jakari Lomax is looking to become just the second three-time triple jump champion in league history, entering championship competition on the second-longest jump in the conference at 14, 49m (47’6.5″) Teammate Daiquain Watson holds the league’s third-best triple jump mark at 14.39m (47’2.5″).
Daiquain Watson is looking to become the fifth jumper in Horizon League history to be a three-time long jump champion, having finished second in 2020 and 2021. The senior holds the league’s fifth-best mark at 7.20m ( 23′ 7.5″) alongside teammate Luke Laubacher, Samuel Challis comes in third (7.41m) and Tye Hunt enters the weekend with the second best jump at 7.49m (24′ 7″) .
In the high jump, Lonnie Harper tops the Horizon League charts after clearing the bar at 6′ 11″ (2.11m) at Grand Valley State’s big meet on February 11. Jumping titles and their fourth in school history. Winning the event a season ago, teammate Terron Taylor holds the seventh-best mark in the league at 2.03m (6′ 8″).
YSU hosts a tag team championship weekend with a number of top marks in the shot put and shot put. In the shot put, Dominic Perry holds the league’s best throw, posting 17.71m (58′ 1.75″) at the Nittany Lion Challenge on January 15. Subsequently, the Penguins also hold fourth in the league (Brock Grundy – 16.96m), fifth (Zach Gray – 16.64m) and sixth (Zach Gehm – 16.53m). Victory in this event would propel the Penguins to 10 titles in 14 seasons.
Perry also holds the conference’s top mark in the shot put, posting a 61’0.75″ (18.61m) chuck at the Jud Logan Memorial Tune-Up on Feb. 19. In his only indoor season outing so far, Gehm recorded the third-farthest throw in the league with a mark of 17.81m (58′ 5.25″). Both athletes s will face off to win the program’s first title since 2020.
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