PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Sophomores Andrea Boyd (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) and Isaac Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) qualified provisionally for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships and the Lake Erie College track and field teams set nine school records this weekend (Dec. 10-11) at the Golden Flash Gala at Kent State University.
"Overall we had 29 personal records, nine school records and a pair national qualifying marks," said head coach Bryan Harmon. "It was probably the best overall day indoors in program history. We are definitely making ourselves known within the track and field community and are competing with a lot of confidence right now."
Boyd posted the nation's sixth fastest time in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 8.81 in the finals and placing second. She had run 8.84 seconds in the preliminaries which was ahead of the provisional qualifying mark of 8.95. She also set a school record in the 60-meter dash, running 7.83 seconds in the preliminaries, the eighth fastest qualifying time at the meet.
She's the first Lake Erie female track athlete to qualify provisionally for the NCAA Championships.
Snyder meanwhile set personal bests in five of the seventh events to finish with 4,774 points in the heptathlon, clearing the NCAA provisional mark by 174 points and besting his previous school record by 375 points. He finished ninth of 22 competitors in the event and currently ranks fourth nationally in Division II.
The men's team set four other school records while the women established two new standards at the Gala. Sophomore Cody Lancaster (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) broke two mid-distance records, running 2:37.66 in the 1,000-meters and 15:42 in the 5,000-meter run. Classmate and Outdoor All-American Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) broke his own 200-meter dash mark, running 21.86 seconds – his first sub22-second posting- and finished fourth. Fellow Outdoor All-American Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) finished fifth in the 400-meters with a time of 49.18 seconds.
Sophomore Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) beat her own record by 3.5 inches in the long jump, clearing 16' 4". Classmate Whitney Johnson (Oakwood Village, Ohio/Bedford)took 10th place in the 200 with a time of 25.99 seconds. She also had a top 20 time in the preliminaries of the 60-meters, running a time of 8.00 seconds.
The Storm is idle for the remainder of 2010 and returns to action back at Kent State on Jan. 22 for the All-Ohio Championships.
"We will take the next few weeks pretty easy and let some minor injuries heal and then start practice up again on the 10th of January in preparation for the All-Ohio meet," said Harmon.