BEREA, OHIO – Once again the Lake Erie College track and field teams got outstanding performances in the jumping events and also had some solid performances on the track at the annual Great Cleveland Championships Friday night (Feb. 15) on the Harrison Dillard Track at Baldwin Wallace University.
The Storm men placed third in the team standings while the women were fourth.
Sophomore Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili), the reigning Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) "Field Athlete of the Week," hit provisional qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the long jump, placing first with a leap of 23' 4" (7.11 meters) to also set a school record. He has already automatically qualified for the national meet in the triple jump.
Junior All-American Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) took a big step towards his first indoor national title by hitting provisional qualifying in the high jump. The 2012 NCAA outdoor champion cleared the bar at 6' 11 1/2" (2.12 meters) in just his second meet of the season to win the event. His jump is tied for the fifth-best this season in the country. Postwaite finished second, going over the bar a 6' 6 ¾."
On the women's side, senior Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) placed second in the long jump (17' 7 ½") and sophomore Destiny Prusky (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) was third in the high jump (5' 3"). Bednar also finished second in the women's 55-meter dash (7.47 seconds).
The Storm throwers also had a solid night. For the third straight week, redshirt freshman Sean Stone (Newton Falls, Ohio/Southeast) broke his own school record in the weight throw. This time he cleared 55 feet for the first time, reaching 55' 6 ¼" with his best throw to place second in the event. Freshman Azia Miller (Lancaster, Ohio/Berne) took third place in the women's weight throw (42' 7").
On the track, the Lake Erie men went 1-2 in the 1,000-meter run with freshman Nick Hall (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) besting redshirt junior Cody Lancaster (Eastlake, Ohio/North) 2:31.99-2:37.14. Hall's time broke his own school record.
The Storm swept the 55-meter hurdles with senior Garrett Ondrus (Oregon, Ohio/Clay) and sophomore Ariana Jorgensen (Kleinburg, Ontario/Emily Carr Secondary) each picking up first-place finishes. Ondrus cruised to victory in 7.83 seconds while Jorgensen crossed the finish line in 8.35, an NCAA provisional mark.
Overall, Lake Erie had 30 point-scoring performances on the night.
A select group of Storm runners will compete Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Kent State University Tune-Up. That will be the team's final competition before the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 23-24 at Grand Valley State University.