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Burrows and Boyd Headline Strong Outdoor Debut at North Florida Spring Break Open


PAINESVILLE, OHIO –  After a long indoor season, the Lake Erie College track and field teams made their outdoor debuts in impressive fashion at the University of North Florida Spring Break Open this weekend (March 5-6). 
Led by freshman sprinter Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) and sprinter/hurdler Andrea Boyd (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford), the Storm teams combined to break 13 school records
Burrows had a banner two days, highlighted by his winning the 200-meter dash. He bested the field of 59 competitors with a time of 21.72, nearly a second better than the previous school record and just 0.32 seconds from provisional NCAA qualifying. He also placed seventh in the 100-meter dash, running a record 10.78 seconds in the preliminary round.
Boyd also set school marks in two individual events and was part of the 4x10-relay team that placed sixth in that event. She ran the 100-meter hurdles in 14.87 to qualify seventh, before finishing eighth in the finals. She ran the 200-meters in 26.03 seconds for a school mark, just ahead of classmate Whitney Johnson (Oakwood Village, Ohio/Bedford) who ran 26.27.
The men’s team set six other school records. Freshman Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) covered the 400-meter hurdles in 54.14 seconds, placing second in the event, and 50.67 in the 400-meter dash. Classmate Quinton Harley (Rochester, N.Y./Edison Tech) was close behind in both races, running 51.48 (400) and 54.83 (hurdles).
 The other track records went to the distance runners. Freshman Cody Lancaster (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) finished 16th in the 1500-meters with a time of 4:07.84 while junior Kyle Griffith (Painesville, Ohio/Harvey/Capital) ran the 10K in 33:19.13.
In the field events, freshman Anthony Trozzi (Parma, Ohio/Parma) placed seventh in the hammer throw with a heave of 132’ 02” and junior Jason Vitek (Brookpark, Ohio/Midpark) eclipsed the LEC mark in the long jump by nearly seven inches with a leap of 18’ 8 ½”. In addition, sophomore John Hokavar (Perry, Ohio/Perry) placed third in the javelin and eighth in the discus, though neither throw was a personal best.
On the women’s side, sophomore Kyle Herron (Perry, Ohio/Perry) set the only individual record in addition to Boyd. She ran the 5000-meters in 20:45.66, shaving a full second and a half of her own school mark.
Both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams set records. The 4x100 team of Boyd, Johnson and freshmen Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) and Kaitlyn Holland (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) ran a sub 50-second race, crossing the finish line in 49.06 for a sixth-place finish. Bednar was joined by classmates Leah Jones (Maple Heights, Oho/Maple Heights) and Sammie Smith (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) and sophomore Allison Wright (Columbus, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) on the 4x400 team that finished in 4:10.02.
Additionally, sophomore Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) tied her own school record in the high jump, crossing 5’ 3”and tying for second place.
The teams’ next outdoor meet is schedule for Saturday, March 20, at the California University (Pa.) Early Bird Invitational.