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Irwin wins 200 meter title on final 'Horizon'

| Friday, March 1, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Monessen grad Tarelle Irwin finished third in the 200-meter dash at the 2012 Horizon League championships.
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How special of an athlete was Tarelle Irwin during his days at Monessen?

For starters, the 2009 Monessen graduate is the only track and field athlete in the school's history to have his own banner hanging in the gymnasium, saluting his winning the PIAA 200-meter dash championship. He is also on a banner saluting his winning WPIAL titles in the 100 and 200 meters along with other WPIAL champs the school has had in track.

Irwin has also been quite a track star at Youngstown State University.

In the recent Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships, Irwin was one of seven Penguins to win titles as he captured the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.61 seconds. He also finished fourth in the 60 meters with a time of 6.86 seconds.

“Those two times were both personal bests for me,” Irwin said. “So I'm really proud. It took me four years, but I finally won the 200 meters in the (Horizon) championship. I'm just ecstatic about that. It's a great accomplishment.”

The YSU senior has been a top performer in the 200 in the Horizon championships each year.

As a freshman, he finished third in the 200 with a time of 22.42. As a sophomore he was fifth in the 200 with a time of 21.93 and was fifth in the 60 meters.

As a junior, he was second in the 200 with a time of 21.85 and finished sixth in the 100 meters (10.82) and sixth in the javelin with a throw of 44.56 meters.

“I think my career at YSU has been successful because I've gotten better each year and I've always placed among the top guys and reached the finals,” he said. “Really, it's been more than I could ever ask for.”

Irwin is now looking forward to the start of the outdoor track season at YSU, and more importantly, the final five weeks of his competitive career.

“It is nice being a collegiate athlete, but at the same time I'm looking forward to just being a college student and doing things that other college students do,” he said.

Irwin said he has one more year of schooling to finish up his double-major of psychology and business.

He says he has no plans to run competitively after college.

“Oh no,” he laughed at the thought of continuing his track career. “I can't put my body through this any more.”

Even though his track career will be over, Irwin won't be looking for other things to fill his time.

He owns his own entertainment company in Youngstown, Next Level Entertainment.

The company handles all facets of entertainment, including production and engineering, and has entertainers that include bands, poets and singers.

Irwin is an engineer, producer and videographer for the company. He also performs as a singer and rapper.

“The company is going really well,” he said. “We're pleased where we are right now.”

If the entertainment company is anything like Irwin's track and field career, it will grow fast.

Really fast.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or joliver@tribweb.com.

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