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Brent Shelby
by YSU Sports Information
Sunday, Jan 6, 2013 12:24 pm
Brent Shelby
Assistant coach Brent Shelby has helped the track and field program maintain its long history of success in the throwing events. Shelby, who is now in his fifth year with the program, has coached numerous conference champions in his tenure.

In his four years with the program, YSU has won 25 throwing events under Shelby's guidance. The Penguins have now won six consecutive outdoor men's shot put crowns, five straight outdoor women's shot put titles, four straight indoor men's shot put titles and three straight indoor women's shot crowns.

On seven occasions, a thrower has competed at the NCAA Prelims/Regionals in the past four years. Danielle Curry qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the shot put in 2010.

In 2013, John Seaver won the indoor and outdoor Horizon League Championships in the shot put. During the outdoor slate, Seaver finished 13th at the NCAA East Preliminary, missing the NCAA meet by one spot.

For the women, Alison Roth won the shot put at the outdoor meet while Jennifer Neider won the event at the indoor championships. Also, Roth was second in the discus.

During the 2012 HL Outdoor Championships, YSU combined to win seven of the eight throwing events - including all four on the women's side. At the 2012 Indoor meet, YSU won three of the four throwing events, as Kaitlyn Griffith won twice on the women's side.

At the outdoor meet, Bobby Grace was named the Outstanding Field Performer after sweeping the discus, shot and hammer throw. Alison Roth won the shot put and the discus, Kaitlyn Griffith won her second straight hammer throw crown and Jessica Parham won her second straight javelin crown.

Grace, Griffith and Roth all advanced to the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the throwing events.

At the indoor meet, Grittith swept throwing events winning the shot put for the second straight year and earning her first crown in the weight throw. Seaver earned his first career victory in the shot put at the indoor conference meet.

In 2010-11, Alexis Hall, Griffith, Grace, Roth, Parham all won Horizon League titles. The five combined to win eight throwing titles at the league indoor and outdoor meets.

During the outdoor championships, Griffith won the shot put as the Guins took first, second and fourth; Roth won the discus as the Penguins were first, third and fourth; Griffith won the hammer throw as YSU took the top two spots and Parham won the javelin. For the ment, Grace won the shot put as the Penguins took five of the top six spots, in the discus YSU was second, fourth and fifth while in the hammer throw the Guins were second and fifth.

Griffith and Grace both advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field East Regional.

During the indoor slate, Hall won the weight throw while Griffith was second. In the shot put, Griffith earned her first career title while YSU also took second and fourth. Grace won the shot put as the Guins took three of the top four spots and in the weight throw, YSU was second, third and fourth.

In his first season with the program in 2009-10, Danielle Curry qualified for the Outdoor NCAA Championships in the shot put after advancing through regional qualifying. Curry became the first female track and field athlete in school history to appear at an NCAA Championship.

Curry won the shot put at the Horizon League Outdoor Championship with a throw of 14.17 meters. Also at the outdoor meet, the women had runner-up finishes in the shot put, hammer throw, discus and javelin.

Aaron Merrill was named the Youngstown State Male Athlete of the Year after capping off his career in style. Merrill, who was a second-team Academic All-American, won the shot put at the outdoor championship and also placed second in the hammer throw. At the indoor meet, Merrill won the shot put and was second in the weight throw.

Sam Cassano also helped lead the way for the men at the outdoor meet placing second in the discus.

At the indoor meet, YSU had the first, third, fourth and fifth-place finishers in the shot on the men's side while the women posted second, fourth and fifth-place finishing in the event.

Prior to joining the YSU program, Shelby was a five-year thrower at Kent State and was the throws coach at Pittsburgh for the 2008-09 season.

Gorby believes that Shelby's experience on a national level will contribute heavily to keeping the throws program a dominate force in the Horizon League.

Shelby inherited a throws program that has won 26 individual Horizon League titles. Currently on the roster, junior Danielle Curry has four conference titles to her name between the shot put and discus, while fellow junior Lyndsie Hall captured the javelin title last season.

As an athlete at Kent State, Shelby qualified for NCAA Regionals four times in the discus during the outdoor circuit, as well as qualifying three times in the shot put and once in the hammer.

During his indoor circuits, Shelby was an NCAA provisional qualifier in the shot put in his junior and senior years. He was also the 2004 shot put MAC champion

Other accolades that Shelby has to his name include the 2003 Mid-American Conference outdoor discus champion, ranking second in Kent State history in the shot put and holding the ninth-best toss in the weight throw.

Shelby graduated from Kent State in 2006.

A 2001 West Lake (Ohio) High School graduate, Shelby competed three years in track and field and was a standout football player.

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