PAINESVILLE, OHIO – After finishing third during the indoor national championships, freshman high jumper Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) will vie for an outdoor national title after automatically qualifying for the NCAA meet on Saturday (April 9) at the John Homan Open at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.
Dudley cleared a school-record 7' ½" to win the event and punch his ticket to the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the end of May in Turlock, Calif.
Meanwhile, nearly 13 hours away in Charlotte, N.C., sophomores Andrea Boyd (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) and Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) hit provisional qualifying in the women's 100-meter hurdles and the men's 400-meter dash, respectively, at the Johnson C. smith University Invitational.
Boyd ran a school-record time of 14.34 seconds in the hurdles and placed 10th overall. Burrows, an All-American in the outdoor 400 in 2010, clocked the fourth best time in the event on Saturday at 47.48.
The rest of the Lake Erie College Track & Field teams combined for six school records, including four on the women's side.
Sophomore Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick), who set a LEC mark in the long jump last weekend, broke the school record in the 400-meters by just .10 seconds, clocking a time of 1:00.31 and placing fifth. Junior Allison Wright (Columbus, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) was sixth in the 800-meters with a time of 2:21.52, also a school record.
Freshman Shanita Fluker (Flint, Mich./Flint Southwest) made an impressive debut in the 400-meter hurdles, setting a Storm record with a time of 1:09.79. The fourth record was set in the javelin by sophomore Tiffany Turner (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) with a throw of 87' 2".
On the men's side, sophomore Cody Lancaster (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) nearly broke the four-minute mark in the 1,500-meters, running a school best time of 4:00.61, good for sixth place. Classmate and All-American Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) took fourth in the 800-meters, with a LEC record time of 1:57.18.
Sophomore Cameron Whitner (Westerville, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) finished second in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He ran 11.14 seconds in the 100 and 22.20 in the 200, his best time to date. The other second place finish for the men came in the hammer throw. Sophomore Anthony Trozzi (Parma, Ohio/Parma) came up just short of his own school record in that event, with a heave of 143' 9".
On the women's side, junior Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) placed second and freshman Katherine Davis (Cambridge, Ohio/Cambridge) was fourth in the high jump as both cleared 5' 1". Rogers teamed with Wright, Fluker and sophomore Samantha Smith (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) to placed second in the 4x400-meter relay (4:06.19).
In addition to Boyd and Burrows, sophomore Isaac Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) also competed in Charlotte. His best finish came in the 400-meter hurdles with a seventh-place showing (54.63 seconds).
The teams are in action next weekend, April 15-16, at the All-Ohio Championships hosted by the University of Cincinnati.