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YSU Track & Field Camps

Coaching Staff

Katrina Brumfield
Camp Director / Assistant Coach (Jumps)

In her four years as a member of the YSU Track and Field coaching staff, jumps/assistant coach Katrina Brumfield has coached an impressive 17 conference champions.

In her short tenure, the Penguins have won nine high jump titles, six long jump titles and one triple jump crown on both the indoor and outdoor circuits since 2012.

In 2016, Morales captured his third consecutive outdoor Horizon League title in the long jump while freshman Chontel Fils won the outdoor long jump and indoor triple jump titles and Savannah Osborne claimed her first-ever indoor long jump crown.

On two occasions, Morales cleared a height of 2.15m during the outdoor season which broke a school record that had stood for 26 years. He advanced to the NCAA East Premlinaries for the third straight year.

The YSU men claimed both the indoor and outdoor league championships while the women took first at the outdoor meet.

In 2015, Morales defended his outdoor Horizon League title in the high jump while Mackenzie Sturtz defended her indoor crown. Not to be outdone, Morales set the school record in the indoor high jump at 2.11m, which came at the conference championship as he finished second. Nina Grambling added her second straight outdoor Horizon League long jump title as well.

The women claimed both the indoor and outdoor Horizon League titles for the second consecutive year while the men were close runners up in both.

At the 2014 outdoor Horizon League Championships, the Guins claimed three titles as Morales won the high jump, Jay Jakovina won the long jump and Grambling won her first long jump crown. Morales was named the HL Field Newcomer of the Year while Jakovina became just the second Penguin and first since 2008 to win the long jump. Grambling also became the second YSU female long jumper to win an outdoor crown.

Jakovina and Morales advanced to the NCAA Preliminaries in the high jump while in the spring, the men's and women's programs both claimed Horizon League team crowns.

At the 2014 indoor meet, the YSU women won two of the three jumping events. Ciara Jarrett won the first field event of her career in the long jump while Sturtz took home the high jump title. It marked the Guins' first long jump title in five years while Sturtz continued the dominance in the high jump as YSU has won six straight titles. The women won the team championship while the men placed second.

In 2013, YSU won both the men's and women's high jump at the Horizon League Indoor and Outdoor Championships while the long and triple jumpers improved their distances throughout both seasons.

During the indoor championships, Katrina Rettburg repeated as the women's high jump champion while Jakovina won the title in his first career meet. Jakovina was tabbed the Field Newcomer of the Meet for his performance. Additionally, Leanna Hartsough placed second in the high jump and Jarrett was third in the long jump at the indoor meet.

At the outdoor championships, Ashley Wagner won the first high jump championship of her career while Jakovina took home the men's title. Both were named Outstanding Field Newcomer's of the Meet. Jarrett again was third in the long jump as did Dorian Davis on the men's side.

Prior to joining the YSU staff, she spent three years as an assistant coach for the track and field programs at Millersville. She brings experience in coaching and competition in the sport focusing primarily on jumps and sprints.

Brumfield's first coaching stint as a track and field assistant coach for Utica College (N.Y.). While at Utica, she helped develop and implemented new long, triple and high jump workouts. In doing so, she guided conference champions in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and high jump. She also coached high jump, long jump and triple jump ECAC qualifiers’ all in her first year of coaching.

In her first season at Millersville (2010-11), Brumfield guided the jumpers to the PSAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships. In the indoor season she guided four jumpers to the championships. During the outdoor season six men and five women made the championships in jumps including four men and five women in the long jump event.

As an athlete, Brumfield was a member of the track and field team at Mansfield University from 2005-08. From 2006-08, she was awarded team captain honors by her coaches and teammates. She holds Mansfield’s indoor and outdoor high jump records.

In 2005, Brumfield was the PSAC Outdoor High Jump runner-up. Two years later she qualified for the Division II National Indoor Championships in high jump.

In 2008, she collected PSAC Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Most Valuable Championships Athlete honors on top of obtaining Winter and Spring Athlete of the Year.

Brumfield earned her bachelor's degree in mass communication with an emphasis in broadcasting and public relations at Mansfield in 2008.

John Seaver
Coach (Throws)

John Seaver, a former Penguin thrower from 2010-14, is in his first year as an Assistant Coach for the YSU Track and Field program. Seaver will work as a throws coach for the Penguins.
Seaver was a three-time Horizon League Champion for the Penguins and twice competed at the NCAA East Preliminaries in the shot put.
He won Horizon League titles in the shot put at the 2013 outdoor meet, the 2013 indoor championships and the 2012 indoor competition. 
In 2014 he was 32nd in the shot put at the NCAA prelims while finishing 13th at the 2013 meet with a career-best toss of 17.84 meters.
Additionally, he competed in the discus and had four top-seven finishes in the event at the league meet. He competed in the weight throw during the indoor season.
A graduate of South Range High School, he set the Inter Tri-County League shot put record during his career.
Seaver graduated from YSU in 2014.

Conner Neu

Three-time All-American thrower Conner Neu is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Penguins. Neu and former teammate, John Seaver, will share duties coaching the YSU throwers in 2016-17.
Neu's last year of the competition for the Penguins in 2016 was one of the best campaigns in school history. He earned first-team All-America honors during the indoor season finishing eighth in the weight throw and received second-team All-America accolades in outdoors placing 13th in the hammer throw.
For the Penguins, Neu owns the school mark indoors in the weight throw and outdoors in the hammer throw, his signature events.
Last March, Neu had a throw of 21.47 meters (70 feet, 5.25 inches) at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala. That mark placed him eighth as he earned first-team All-America honors. He is just the third YSU Track and Field Athlete in school history to be a first-team All-American, joining fellow Athletes of the Year Bobby Grace and Kurt Michaelis.
He has the school-record of 70.96 meters in the hammer throw, which broke his previous mark of 66.19m that he set at the end of the 2014 season at the NCAA East Preliminaries.
Neu was dominant during his indoor career winning three consecutive Horizon League weight throw titles. As a sophomore in 2014 he won the event with a toss of 20.26 meters - winning by 1.82 meters. In 2015, he had a winning throw of 20.94 meters taking first by an impressive 2.85m. Most recently in 2016 he set a Horizon League record with a throw of 21.10m taking the title by 1.08m.
Outdoors he has been just as impressive winning three hammer throw titles and placing second in the discus.
A native of Cleveland, he was an 11-time letterwinner between track and field and wrestling at Mid-Park High School.
He graduated from YSU in 2016.

David Townsend
Assitant Track & Field Coach (Sprints)

Sprints and hurdles coach David Townsend has done a masterful job turning Youngstown State into one of the premier running programs in the nation.

While being a force in the Horizon League for nearly 10 years, YSU stepped up big on the national scale in 2017.

Chad Zallow was one of the top hurdlers in the country and finished third in the 60m Hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships to claim first-team All-America honors. Zallow earned second-team All-America honors in the 110m Hurdles at the 2017 Outdoor NCAA Track and Field Championships as well by finishing ninth. During the year, Zallow ran one of top times in the nation (13.37 seconds).

Against Horizon League foes, the Guins dominated the hurdles and sprinting events in 2017. At the Indoor league meet, the men and women swept the 60m dash, 60m hurdles and 200m dash. At the outdoor meet, YSU swept the 100m dashes and the two hurdles events while the women added a 200m dash crown.

Zallow won the 60m, 60m hurdles and 200m at the indoor meet while Amber Eles (hurdles), Taylor Thompkins (60m) and Taylor McDonald (200m) all won for the women. At the outdoor championships for the women, freshman Jaliyah Elliott won the 100m and 200m dashes while Eles (100m hurdles) and McDonald (400m hurdles) earned wins. Zallow took first in the 100m dash and the 110m hurdles while freshman Collin Harden won the 400m hurdles. Carl Zallow was the runner-up in both the 100m and 200m dashes.

Zallow was recognized as both the Horizon League's Indoor and Outdoor Athlete of the Year.

The Penguins' men's and women's teams swept the championships in 2017 winning both the indoor and outdoor meets.

Since joining the coaching staff in 2007, the Penguins have won 53 individual titles - including 19 the past two years - in sprinting events and the hurdles.

In 2016, Nina Grambling capped off a tremendous career winning the 60m and 200m indoors and the 100m and 200m outdoors. She combined to win 13 races for her illustrious outdoor and indoor career. At the indoor meet in the 60m hurdles Shatasia Walker took first while Eles claimed the outdoor title in the 100m hurdles. The women swept the relays for the year winning both 4x400's and the 4x100.

An exciting addition to Townsend's arsenal was Chad Zallow. A highly-touted recruit from Nearby Warren, Ohio, Zallow burst on the scene winning the 60m dash and the 60m hurdles at the indoor Horizon League Championships. Zallow, who smashed the indoor hurdles record numerous times during the year, finished ninth in the event at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships to earn second-team All-America status. He was named the Horizon League's Indoor Athlete of the Year. Zallow broke an 23-year-old school record in the 110m hurdles during the outdoor campaign.

In 2015, YSU sprinters won both the 60m and 200m at the indoor men's and women's HL meets while the women added a victory in the 400m. At the Outdoor HL Championships, Grambling captured first in both the 100m and 200m dash for the second consecutive year while the men won the 100m dash.

During the indoor league meet, Grambling won both the 60m dash and 200m dash for the first time in her YSU career. Carl Zallow took first in both events as well. Jen Shiley added a win in the 400m just for good measure as the women won the league crown by one point over Milwaukee. In the 60m women's race, the Penguins finished first, third and fourth. In the 60m men's race, YSU took the top three spots and four of the first five. Both the men and women went 1-2 in the 200m dash.

Grambling was named the Female Athlete of the Year, the Outstanding Track Athlete of the Meet and won the Individual Scoring Champion Award.

At the outdoor championships in Michigan, Grambling locked down another pair of sprint wins taking first in the 100m and the 200m. It was her third straight 100m dash championship at the outdoor competition. A new face, Leighton Antonio burst on the scene on the men's side taking first in the 100m dash. Zallow was second in the 100m.

In 2014, Ciara Jarrett became the first Penguin to win the same event four times in her career at the Horizon League Indoor Championships by winning the 200-meter dash. At the outdoor event, Grambling won both the 100m dash and 200m dash joining Jarrett (2011 and 2012) as Penguins to win both events at the outdoor meet.

As a group, the Penguins won three of the four team conference titles in 2014. The women claimed both the indoor and outdoor titles while men won their first-ever outdoor HL title and placed second at the indoor meet.

In 2013, YSU women won both the 200m indoor and outdoor titles as well as the 100-meter and 100-meter hurdles during the outdoor slate. The men earned first-place finishes in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash at the conference's indoor championships.

Jarrett won the 200-meter dash at both the indoor and outdoor Horizon League Championships. At the outdoor meet she set a Horizon League record with a time of 23.83 seconds. Grambling was the champion in the 100m dash and Laura Kosiorek won the title in the 100m hurdles at the outdoor meet. Also the Penguins won the 4x100-meter relay in meet-record time. In the indoor meet, Michael Davis won the 60-meter dash and Tarelle Irwin took home the crown in the 200 meters.

Jarrett has had a decorated career through three-and-a-half seasons. She has won 10 conference championships, including a perfect seven-for-seven in 200-meter dash titles. She has also won two 100-meter dash crowns and took home the long jump title at the 2014 indoor meet. She did not compete at the 2014 outdoor league meet. The 2014 YSU Female Athlete of the Year, she placed 21st in the 200m at the 2013 NCAA Preliminary Round.

Grambling won three events at the 2014 outdoor meet - 100m, 200m and the long jump.

In 2012, Jarrett won the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash at the outdoor league meet. Davis was second in the 200m wile Irwin was third. At the indoor meet, Jarrett won the 200m, was second in the 60m, Davis won the 60m and was second in the 200m while Irwin was third in the 200m.

At the 2011 Indoor Horizon League Championships, Jarrett was first in the 200-meter dash and third in the 60m. YSU placed first, third and fourth in the 200m. For the men, Davis was second in the 60-meter dash by .01 and claimed second place in the 200m.

At the Outdoor Horizon League meet, Jarrett won the 100-meter dash and the 200m en route being named the Running Newcomer of the Year. In the 100m, YSU had the first, third and fourth-place runners while in the 200, it was first and third. On the men's side, Davis won the 200-meter dash and was third in the 100m.

In 2010, the Penguins had multiple athletes reach the finals of the sprint events at the Horizon League Championships.

At the outdoor meet, YSU took home fourth, fifth and sixth place in the 200-meter dash on the women's side. For the men, Davis was third and Irwin was fifth in the 100; Adam Kagarise was third in the 400-meter dash and the Guins placed fifth, sixth and seventh in the 200.

At the indoor championships, Davis was second and Irwin placed third in the 200 meters, Davis finished second in the 60-meter dash while Symona Gregory led the women placing fourth in the 60m.

In 2009, Jerrill Hall broke the Horizon League record in the 60m hurdles with a personal-best time 8.22 seconds to capture the title while Breanne Romeo finished in second in the 400m with a time of 58.87 at the indoor meet.

At the outdoor championships, Mark Lipinsky also added a first-place finish in the 110m hurdles while Hall came in second in the event. On the women's side, Romeo was second in the 400m dash (54.97), Yandeh Joh finished second in the 100m hurdles (14.83) and 400m hurdles (1:03.28). The 4x100-meter relay team also was second.

At the 2008 indoor meet, J.R. Hodge outraced the competition with a time of 7.02 seconds in the 60-meter dash to win the League title.

During the season's outdoor circuit, the combination of Emily Wollet, Joh, Kari Kreutzfeld and Romeo won the 4x400m relay with a league-record time of 3:45.72.

His group of sprinters were key contributors to the women's team winning both the indoor and outdoor conference championships during the 2008 slate.

At the indoor championships Romeo placed second in the 400m, seventh in the 200m and anchored YSU's 4x400 relay that finished in second by .01 seconds. Kreutzfeld won the 400m at the event and Katie Betts earned runner-up finishes in the 60m (7.83) and the 200m (25.13).

During the outdoor championships Romeo was named the top Newcomer of the Year and was one-hundredth of a second from tying the Horizon League record in the 400m, turning in a first-place time of 55.36. Alisha Anthony, Kreutzfeld, Betts and Darcelle Formby teamed up to win the 4x100m relay. Romeo along with Wollet, Joh and Kreutzfeld were a part of the on the winning 4x400m relay team.

In his first season in 2007, Townsend's sprinters were key contributors in leading YSU to two runner-up finishes at the Horizon League Championships.

In the indoor campaign, Joh became the sixth consecutive YSU hurdler to capture the Horizon League title in the 60m hurdles. Kreutzfeld also won the 400m dash.

The success carried on to the outdoor circuit where Aaliyah Gillespie won the 100m hurdles for a third time. Formby had second-place finishes in the 100m and 200m, and Betts placed third in the 200m.

On the men's side Townsend helped develop Eric Baltputnis to a second-team all-conference sprinter in the indoor 60m. In the outdoor season, Streiner placed third in the 100m and 200m dashes at the Horizon League Championships.

Townsend has been the head coach of the Youngstown Striders Track and Field Club, an AAU organization, since 1998 and has produced four Ohio state champions. He is also the current sports director for the Lake Erie AAU Track and Field Association.

A reserve tailback for YSU's football team from 1976 to 1978, Townsend was a member of the 1978 team that won the Mid-Continent Conference and earned YSU's first Division II playoff victory. He scored four touchdowns in his three seasons and played under coach Bill Narduzzi.

A 1975 graduate of Youngstown East High School, Townsend has been very active in the community. At YSU he was president of the NAACP, a member of YSU's Student Council and was and the Black United Students Student-of-the-Year in 1978. He was inducted into the Ebony Lifetime Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

Townsend graduated from YSU with a bachelor's degree in combined sciences in 1981 and has worked for the Internal Revenue Service since 1979.

He and his wife Beverly have two sons, Dorian and Devin.