The Crimson Hawks men’s and women’s track team produced some of their best outputs of the year at Youngstown State’s National Invitational Friday and Saturday.
Alex Hampel (senior, biology) ran with a time of 8:40.59 in the 3,000-meter race.
Derek Horton (freshman, kinesiology, health & sports science) finished second in the pole vault event with a jump of 4.75 meters, which qualified him for the NCAA Championships.
Hutson Baumann (freshman, kinesiology, health & sports science), Greg Beaudette (junior, kinesiology, health & sports science) and Caleb Cordell (junior, computer science) also qualified for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships. Joe Lynch’s (graduate, kinesiology, health & sports science) mile time of 4:24.34 was good enough for a PSAC qualifying mark. Demetrius Timmons (sophomore, computer science) qualified with a jump of 6.45 meters in the long jump.
Head coach Joey Zins got results from his runners, and his team has a great sense of the competition, so preparation is key in having a good outing in the meets.
“Our team was able to get onto the track this week and have some quality practices,” Zins said.
“We are preparing for the return of colder temperatures and snow this week, however. Some of our team will be practicing at the S&T Arena, and our distance runners will likely have to spend some time on the treadmills.”
Additonally, eight women qualified for PSAC times in their events.
Kiah Walton (sophomore, environmental studies) qualified in the 60 meters and the 60-meter hurdles, with times of 8.13 and 9.64, respectively. Lizzy Cunningham’s (senior, nursing) 800 time of 2:23.44 qualified her, as well.
Other highlights of the weekend included Heather Sternby (sophomore, sophomore) finishing with a time of 59.87 in the 400.
Zhane Valmon’s (freshman, sociology) participation in the 60 meters and 200-meters race led to great results, as she qualified for the championships with an 8.10 in the 60 meters and a 26.26 in the 200 meters.
Zins and the Crimson Hawks are very familiar with this meet considering that this is their third time competing at it.
“Our team is obviously becoming very familiar with the indoor facility at Youngstown State,” Zins said.
“YSU’s indoor meets generally have good competition for all of our athletes, and it is obviously nice that we only have to travel two hours away from campus to go to quality meets.
“The indoor season is short so we have to compete with a sense of urgency and try to get things accomplished each time we go to a meet. For this meet, one of our objectives was to get as many athletes qualified for our conference championship as possible.”
The Grand Valley State University Big Meet in Allendale, Mich., is the next stop for the Crimson Hawks, where they will compete on Friday and Saturday.