KENT, OHIO – Eight school records fell and two individuals hit NCAA Division II Championship provisionally qualifying for the Lake Erie College indoor track and field teams this weekend at the Kent State University Golden Flash Gala (Dec. 7-8).
Both provisional marks were reached by freshmen runners, Keith Hemphill (Warrensville Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Central Catholic) in the men's 400-meters and Alicia Arnold (Lorain, Ohio/Lorain) in the women's 60-meters. Hemphill finished second in the 400, posting the second fastest time in school history of 48.24 seconds. Arnold set a school mark with her time of 7.72 seconds in the preliminaries and then placed sixth in the finals with a time of 7.73.
The Storm men set five school records while the women set two others in addition to Arnold's run in the 60-meters.
Junior Shanita Fluker (Flint, Mich./Flint Southwestern) placed seventh in the 500-meters with a school-record time of 1:19.00 while sophomore Destiny Prusky (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) set a new standard in the high jump, crossing over the bar at 5' 5" (1.65 meters) and placing third in the event.
On the men's side, redshirt junior All-American Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) shattered the school record in the 500-meters with a time of 1:04.83. He placed third with a time that was nearly three seconds faster than the previous mark.
Freshman Nick Hall (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) also had a third-place finish, setting a school record in the 1,000-meters with a time of 2:34. Junior Cody Lancaster (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North), who was close behind Hall in the 1K in sixth place at 2:36, set an LEC mark in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:26.26.
Senior Garrett Ondrus (Oregon, Ohio/Clay) ran the 60-meter hurdles in 8.32 seconds to finish fifth, coming up just one one-hundredth second shy of NCAA provisional qualifying but setting another school record. Freshman Anfernee LaRue (Orange, N.J./West Orange) had the other school record, finishing ninth in the 300-meters in 36.01 seconds.
The Storm's final competition of the 2012 calendar year will come next weekend, Dec. 14, at the Grand Valley State University Holiday Open in Allendale, Mich.