MIDLAND, MICH. – The 15th-ranked Lake Erie College men's track and field team took the top three spots in qualifying for the 400-meter hurdles and the top spot in the two premier sprinting events during the first full day of action Thursday (May 5) at the 2011 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Northwood University.
Sophomores Quinton Harley (Rochester, N.Y./Edison Tech), Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) and Isaac Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) were 1-2-3, respectively, in the intermediate hurdles. Harley crossed the finish line in 52.29 seconds, followed by 2010 All-American Ethan Snyder in 52.90 and Isaac Snyder at 53.12. They'll be in the prime three lanes for Friday's finals.
Not to be outdone in his outdoor conference debut was sophomore three-time All-American Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) who qualified first in both his individual events Thursday, the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Burrows, who has already provisionally qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in each event, ran 10.53 seconds in the 100 and 21.37 in the 200.
Harley just missed reaching the finals in the 100, finishing ninth in 10.92 seconds, but will be competing for a conference title in the 110-meter hurdles Friday after qualifying third with a time of 15.28. He'll be joined by Ethan Snyder who was sixth in 15.30 seconds.
Also qualifying for Friday's finals was sophomore Cody Lancaster (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) in the 1,500-meter run. Lancaster was ninth in the preliminary race with a school-record time of 4:00.42. Senior Kyle Griffith (Painesville, Ohio/Harvey/Capital) also set a school record in the 10,000-meters with a time of 32:54.15, placing him 14th.
The men stand ninth overall through seven scored events with six points. The only points so far were recorded by freshman indoor All-American and outdoor national qualifier Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon), who finished third in the high jump, clearing 7' ¼".
On the women's side, sophomore Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) placed fourth in the long jump, leaping 18' 6", to score the team's five points. She also just missed qualifying for the finals of the 100-meter dash, finishing ninth with a time of 12.47 seconds.
Freshman Shanita Fluker (Flint, Mich./Flint Southwest) qualified eighth in the 400-meter hurdles and set a school-record with a time of 1:06.17. Sophomore Whitney Johnson (Oakwood Village, Ohio/Bedford) set a LEC mark in the 200-meter dash (25.75 seconds), but did not advance past the qualifying round.
The third and final day of the GLIAC Championships begin Friday, May 6, at 10:30 a.m.