Point Park Track & Field competes in first-ever meet at YSU Icebreaker indoor
Dec. 5, 2014
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Point Park University men's and women's track and field teams competed in their first-ever meet on Friday at the Youngstown State University Icebreaker indoor meet at the Watts and Tressel Training Site in Youngstown, Ohio.
The Pioneers competed in seven women's events and 10 men's events in their debut meet. The Point Park track and field teams were officially announced at the school in November 2013, and the inaugural year of 2014-15 has started with the indoor season opener on Friday.
The YSU Icebreaker included 15 competing teams with three from NCAA Division I, six from NCAA Divisoin II and five from NCAA Division III. There was no team scoring in the open meet, but Point Park had four individuals and one relay team that would have earned team points by finishing in the top eight if team standings were tabulated.
Falonte Jackson, a freshman sprinter from Glenville, Ohio, highlighted the day for the Pioneers. Jackson qualified for the NAIA national indoor meet with a "B" qualifying standard in the 200 meters by placing third with a time of 22.34.
Jackson also had a high finish of fourth place in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.01. He capped off his day by anchoring Point Park's 4 x 400 meter relay team that finished third, one spot ahead of Youngstown State, with a time of 3:27.23.
The men's 4 x 400 relay team finished off a good first day in the history of Point Park track and field. The relay team was made up of four freshman -- Malcolm Harris (Orange HS), Alexander Vaughn (Trinity Christian HS), Zachary Watt (JFK Warren HS) and Jackson.
The Point Park men also made some noise in the jumps as freshman Jryi Davis, from Bangor (Pa.) High School, placed eighth in the triple jump (43-03.25 feet) and 13th in the long jump (19-11.00 feet). Freshman Shaun Berry, from Shady Side Academy, placed eighth in the long jump (20-10.50) and ninth in the high jump (6-0.75 feet).
The men's 200- and 60-meter dashes were strong points for the Pioneers. Point Park had three of the top 12 finishers in the 200 meters with Jackson third (22.34), Harris 10th (22.90) and DeAnthony Morgan 12th (23.02). The men's 60 meters had Jackson fourth (7.01) followed by Harris in 11th (7.18) and Morgan 12th (7.20).
Other participants for the men's team on the track had Vaughn 12th in the 400 meters (51.27), John Wiley 12th in the 800 meters (2:13.52) and Christian Capers 19th in the 60-meter hurdles (9.48, Prelims). Also competing in the men's 400 meters were Theo Washington in 19th (52.41) and Watt in 20th (52.67).
Other field competitors for the Point Park men had Tyronne Robinson place ninth in the pole vault (12-11.50 feet) and 19th in the long jump (19-00.50 feet) and Michael Beavis 19th in the shot put (32-01.50 feet).
The Point Park women's team did not enter its full, 18-member indoor roster but still competed in seven events. Alexis Sherman had the highest finish among the Pioneers women placing 13th in the 800 meters at 2:52.85.
Olukemi Olugbakinro competed in the women's 200- and 400-meter dashes placing 22nd in the 200 (27.67) and 20th in the 400 (1:02.95).
Jahniah McAllister competed in the 60 and 200 meters placing 23rd (8.41) and 25th (27.99), respectively, in those events. McAllister also ran the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 10.07 for 26th place.
Taelor Fowler competed in the 60 and 200 with placements of 26th (8.42) and 34th (28.90), respectively. Hannah James ran the 400 meters with a time of 1:21.13 for 35th place.
Point Park's entry in the 4 x 400 meter relay of Fowler, McAllister, Olugbakinro and Sherman placed 14th at 4:50.86
Point Park's only women's competitor in the field events was Candice Stein, who was 31st in the shot put with a throw of 25-8.75 feet.
Teams that competed at the YSU Icebreaker were: Youngstown State, Slippery Rock, California (Pa.), Duquesne, Clarion, Ohio, Washington & Jefferson, Waynesburg, Indiana (Pa.), Seton Hill, Thiel, Buffalo State, Ursuline (Ohio) and Westminster. The meet will also include unattached athletes from various area track and field clubs and additional unattached athletes from YSU and the other participating schools.
Point Park's next competition on the indoor track and field schedule has the Pioneers going back to Youngstown State for the YSU College Invitational on Jan. 23.
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