PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College track and field teams are in Allendale, Mich. this week for the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Grand Valley State University. The competition kicked off on Wednesday, May 2, with the beginning of the multi-events, but a majority of events will be held over the course of Thursday and Friday.
The Storm enter the league meet looking to improve on last year's team finishes. The Lake Erie men placed fifth overall while the women finished 10th.
Lake Erie returns four All-GLIAC performers from a year ago, headlined by sophomore All-American Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon). Dudley, a two-time GLIAC Indoor high jump champion, is looking to add a conference outdoor title to his resume. He enters the competition sporting the season's best jump, not only in the conference but in all of NCAA Division II, of 7' 4 ½" at the Wake Forest Open and was a third-place finisher in the event at the 2011 GLIAC Outdoor meet.
Another Storm jumper, freshman Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili) could also make a big impact at the league meet. He comes into action ranked second in the GLIAC in the triple jump (48' 11 ½") and fourth in the long jump (22' 3 ¾"). He's also 11th in the high jump and has the potential to earn points in all three events.
Junior Eric Klucar (Medina, Ohio/Highland), a 2011 NCAA Indoor national qualifier, posted the GLIAC's best mark in the pole vault last weekend at Ashland Unviersity, clearing the bar at 16' 1 ¼", setting a school record and reaching NCAA Division II provisional qualifying. That mark is currently the eighth best nationally.
Two other Storm athletes, fifth-year senior sprinter Andre Robinson (Cleveland, Ohio/Marin Luther King, Jr./Notre Dame) and freshman thrower David Bojalad (St. Mary's Pa./Elk County Christian) are also in the top five of their respective events heading into the championships. Robinson sported the fifth-best time in the 400-meter dash (48.39) and earned himself a GLIAC Track "Athlete of the Week" honor for his performance at High Point University, while Bojalad's javelin throw of 181' 11" at Wake Forest was also the fifth best in the league.
On the women's side, sophomore Shanita Fluker (Flint, Mich./Southwest) and junior Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) return after earning all-conference recognition last spring. Fluker finished sixth in the 400-meter hurdles (1:05.78) in 2011 at Northwood University and is 14th this year heading in. Bednar took fourth place in the long jump (18' 6") last spring and will once again be vying for a top spot in that event.
For complete meet information and results during the competition, click on the links at the top of this release.