YOUNGSTOWN — “I’ve always had the individual goal to be a champion myself, and today I finally realized those dreams.”
Howland graduate Ryan Sullivan wanted to end his Youngstown State career on a high note, and he sure left his mark on Day 1 Friday of the Horizon League Track and Field Championships on the campus of Youngstown State University. Sullivan won the 10,000 meters in a time of 30:52:30.
YSU coach Brian Gorby couldn’t have been prouder of Sullivan.
“I’m so happy for him, and so happy for everything he’s done for the program, it’s just great to see him go out. He redshirted last year for this moment, and to see it all come together for him and to be healthy and to be able to do it in front of his family and all of his friends,” Gorby said.
Sullivan has come close to winning the outdoor 10K at YSU before, with his best finish being second place during his freshman season in 2015.
He’s just happy to represent his hometown at the collegiate level.
“YSU has a great tradition of bringing so many athletes that are from this region, it’s amazing to come out here on the home track, 20 minutes from home and represent Youngstown and the community.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.