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Storm Men Open 2011 With Strong Showing at All-Ohio Championships

Storm Men Open 2011 With Strong Showing at All-Ohio Championships

PAINESVILLE, OHIO—The Lake Erie College track and field teams returned to action for the first time in over a month as they opened the 2011 portion of its schedule Saturday (Jan. 22) at the All-Ohio Championships at Kent State University.  The Storm men proved to have little rust, setting two school records and finishing eighth in the team standings, ahead of four Division I teams.

Sophomore Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) placed fourth in the 200-meter dash (21.88 seconds) and fifth in the 60-meter dash. His time of 6.96 seconds in the latter event was .03 faster than his previous school record and is the second fastest time in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) this season.

The other school record was set by sophomore Cody Lancaster (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) in the 5,000-meter run, besting his own previous mark by seven seconds to finish in 15:35.99.

Freshman Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) placed second overall in the high jump, clearing 7' ¼", which was just ¼" shy of his school record.  Sophomores Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail)and Quinton Harley (Rochester, N.Y./Edison Tech)  also had strong performances in the 400-meters with times of 49.14 and 49.35 respectively. Harley also finished 11th in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.06 seconds.

Without a full complement of runners, the Storm women also managed to set a school record, that coming in the 4x400-meter relay.  The team of sophomores Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) and Samantha Smith (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick), freshman Shanita Fluker (Flint, Mich./Southwest) and junior Allison Wright (Columbus, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) ran the race in 4:06.14, a full three seconds off the old record.

In addition, Bednar cleared 8.00 seconds in the 60-meter dash (7.99) and is just the 10th GLIAC runner this year to accomplish that feat.  Teammate Andrea Boyd (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) has the conference's fastest time this season in the event (7.83 seconds).  Freshman Katherine Davis (Cambridge, Ohio/Cambridge) tied for eighth place in the high jump, clearing 5-1 ¼".

The Storm teams are in action next weekend, Jan. 28-29, when they host the Lake Erie College Open at the GaREAT Complex in Geneva.