Following a two-week hiatus dating back to a pair of third-place team finishes at the Yinzer Classic on Sept. 3, the Youngstown State men’s and women’s cross country programs return to action in a couple of meets scheduled fror Friday, Sept 17 – the Michigan State Spartan 2021 Auto Owners Invitational, hosted by Michigan State University, and the Colonial Invitational, hosted by Robert Morris.
Head coach Brian Gorby will send representatives from both the men’s and women’s programs to each meet.
Spartan 2021 Auto Owners Invitational
The annual Spartan Invitational will take place in East Lansing, Mich. at the Forest Akers East Golf Course on the campus of Michigan State and will feature a women’s 6000m race scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and men’s 8,000m race, which will follow, at 11:40 a.m.
YSU entered 15 male entries (Jack Aulbach, Derek Basinger, Luke Baun, Thomas Caputo, Hunter Christopher, Tyler Clark, Ty Coon, Matthew Mangus, Ryan Meadows, Tyler Polman, Brody Rupe, C.J. Schumacher, Ethan Sparks, Chase Stewart, Jack Wilcoxson) and 15 female entries (Morgan Cole, Lauren Dolak, Aiamyia Dudley, Aurora Fares, Natalie Fleming, Carly Hall, Caylee Mackey, Julia Magliocca, Ashleigh Rowley, Mackenzie Scott, Maggie Sebest, Karissa Sonneberger, Nicole Squatrito, Ashley Ventimiglia, Hailey Zelinsky) for the event.
Nine Penguins are scheduled to head back to the Youthetown 2000m Cross Country Course in Pittsburgh, Pa., including six men (Chase Harbaugh, Riley Jackson, Evan Alten, Michael Formica, Beau Gorby, William Hanchosky) and three women (Maria Dellimuti, Emma Hunkus, Hannah Wagner) entries, to compete in the 8,000m and 6,000m races. Start times are still TBA.
Last Time Out
Led by junior Morgan Cole and senior Natalie Fleming who went one and two individually in the women’s 4,000m race, respectively, the Youngstown State men’s and women’s cross country programs tabbed a pair of third-place team finishes to kick-off the 2021 season at the inaugural Yinzer Classic at the Youthtowne 2000m Cross Country Course on Sept. 3.
Cole clocked a 14:39.3 en route to her first-place finish, with Fleming posting a 15:08.7 to secure the second-place nod. Not far behind, senior Ashleigh Rowley acted as the next Penguin finisher as she crossed the finish line at 15:26.9 to come in 13th. Senior Nicole Squatrito, who sat out the 2020 cross country season, impressively posted the 18th-fastest time of the evening, running a 15:36.3.
After Squatrito, the women’s team had six additional runners who clocked top-40 times in a field of 100 athletes. Senior Mackenzie Scott posted a time of 15:51.2 and finished 27th, senior Maggie Sebest turned in a time of 15:56.5 to earn 31st, senior Karissa Sonneberger, in her Penguin debut, placed 32nd with a 15:56.9, junior Julia Magliocca recorded a 16:01.1 to finish 34th, junior Ashley Ventimiglia ran a 16:05.6 for the 37th-place nod and freshman Carly Hall posted a 16:06.5 and came in 39th.
The women’s team, together, finished with a final team score of 60 points.
In the men’s 6000m race, YSU finished with 81 team points and was led by Tyler Clark – the Penguins’ top male finisher who notched a 9th-place finish with a time of 19:35.5. Sophomore-duo Hunter Christopher (19:40.6) and Tyler Coon (19:45.2) finished inside the top-15 runners, finishing 11th and 14th, respectively.
Four more Youngstown State runners posted top-30 marks, including freshman Thomas Caputo running a 20:08.5 (23rd), freshman Brody Rupe clocking a 20:13.5 (25th), senior Ethan Sparks posting a time of 20:16.7 to finish 28th and senior Derek Basinger turning in a time of 20:16.9 to finish 29th.
Following another two-week layoff, the Penguins will head to South Bend, Ind. to race in the annual Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 1.
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