PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The men's 4x400-meter relay team provisionally qualified for next month's NCAA Division II Indoor Championships and the Lake Erie College track and field teams set a total of five school records Saturday (Feb. 12) on the second day of the Grand Valley State University Big Meet in Allendale, Mich.
The relay team of sophomores Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail),Quinton Harley (Rochester, N.Y./Edison Tech), Isaac Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) and Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) clocked a time of 3:16.91 to finish second in the event. Their time is currently 15th fastest nationally.
The women's 4x400 team also had a strong showing, setting a school record with a time of 4:03.70 and placing ninth. The team is made up 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).
Individually, the men's squad set four school records. Harley raced through the 60-meter hurdles in 8.48 seconds, finishing fourth in the event with his LEC-record time. Ethan Snyder was close behind in the event, placing eighth in 8.60 seconds.
Burrows rewrote the 60-meter dash record for the third straight meet, winning the event with a time of 6.92 seconds. Isaac Snyder also broke his own record in the men's heptathlon, recording 4,870 points. He had already reached provisionally qualifying in the multi-event competition, but moved up to sixth place on the national D-II performance list with his showing.
Sophomore Cody Lancaster (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) rounded out the men's record setters in the 3,000-meters, running an impressive 8:45.45 in the middle-distance event.
Additionally, freshman Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) and sophomore Eric Klucar (Medina, Ohio/Highland) passed the provisional marks in the high jump and pole vault, respectively, and placed in the top five in their events but did not surpass their already established personal bests.
Bednar also had a nice showing in the 60-meter dash on the women's side, finishing seventh with a time of 7.99 seconds.
The track and field teams are in action next weekend, Feb. 19, at the Kent State University Tune-Up. That meet will be the squads' final competition before the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships in Saginaw, Mich. Feb. 25-26.