Athletics take five wins at Dave Labor Invitational
SLIPPER ROCK, Penn. – The Youngstown State Athletics Program totaled five wins in Slippery Rock Dave Labor’s one-day invite Saturday at the William Lennox Track at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.
Noah Drudy (javelin), Dominic Perry (shot put), Wyatt Lefker (pole vault), Lindsay Baker (discus) and Mackenzie Scott (5000m) took the top spots that day.
The Penguins finished 1, 2, 4 in the women’s 5,000, led by Mackenzie Scott’s personal best of 17:41.65 which acted as the fastest time of the day. Karissa Sonneberger was second with a personal best 17:56.03, followed by fourth place Ashleigh Ventimiglia with a personal best 18:26.14.
Evan Alten was the top YSU finisher in the men’s 800, earning a second-place finish in a personal best 1:55.50. Close behind, Ty Coon (1:56.75) and Mikel Lagaras (1:57.98) finished fifth and seventh respectively.
As the Penguins’ only competitor in this event, Maggie Sebest finished second in the women’s 3000m steeplechase with a time of 11:41.71.
In his debut in the event, Luke Laubacher clocked a personal best 57.22 in the men’s 400m hurdles for the fourth fastest time of the day.
Highlights of events on the ground
The Penguins swept the top two spots in the men’s pole vault and were led by Watt Lefker who claimed victory with a leap of 4.81m (15′ 9¼”). Elijah Nelson took second place with a 4.66m jump (15′ 3½” arch).
Dominic Perry dominated all competitions in the men’s shot put, throwing the competition’s best mark at 17.10m (56′ 1¼”).
Making her YSU debut, Lindsay Baker picked up a victory in the women’s discus throw competition with a chuck of 44.48m (145′ 11″). Emily Wolf finished fifth with a throw of 39.81m ( 130′ 7″). In the men’s event, the Penguins posted the third and fifth furthest marks of the day and were led by Zach Gray’s 162′ 6″ lift. Coleson Kertesz finished fifth, throwing 46.13m (151′ 4″).
In recording his second win of the young season, Noah Drudy stepped onto the podium in the men’s javelin throw, throwing 63.97m (209’10”). Freshman Penguin Weston McLain finished fourth with a throw of 57 .07m (187′ 3″). launch.
Wolf added a fifth-place finish in the women’s hammer throw with a mark of 46.28m (151’10”).
Tying a personal best, Katlyn Griffie led all Penguins finalists in the women’s pole vault, clearing 12′ 5½” (3.80m) en route to a second-place finish in the event. Also posting top-5 finishes first, Erin Bogard finished third with a jump of 3.70 m (12′ 1½”) and Emma Etzwiler came fifth with a jump of 3.55 m (11′ 7¾”).
Both clearing a 1.55m (4′ 11″) bar, Rachel Jeffries and Camryn Jarrett are tied for the third best mark in the women’s high jump competition. On the men’s side, Mason Stephens and Nathan Leskovac cleared 1.95m (6′ 4¾”) tied for fourth place.
Samuel Challis took fourth place in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 13.48m (44′ 2¾”).
YSU will split the teams next week, sending parts of the program to the Tennessee Relays in Tennessee and the John Homon Open at Mount Union during the weekend of April 7-9. The three-day meet in Knoxville, Tennessee kicks off Thursday, April 7, while action in Alliance, Ohio begins the following day, April 8.
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