HICKORY, N.C. – The outdoor portion of the 2013 schedule opened with a bang for the Lake Erie College track and field teams as the Storm set or tied seven school records Saturday (March 2) at the Powersox Invitational hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne University at the Irwin Bell Track in Hickory, N.C.
The Lake Erie women posted five school record performances, including an NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships provisional qualifying mark. That belonged to sophomore Destiny Prusky (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) who tied her own school record in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5' 6" (1.68 meters).
Two other records fell in the field events with freshmen Kady Held (Massillon, Ohio/Tuslaw) and Brittany McRae (Runnemede, N.J./Triton Regional) rewriting the record books in the discus and javelin throws, respectively, in their outdoor debut. Held took second overall in the discus with a heave of 128' 1" (39.04 m) and McRae was second in the javelin at 106' 2" (32.37 m). Held also placed fourth in the hammer (118' 1"). While not a school record, senior Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) won the long jump by over seven inches, posting a best jump of 16' 7 ¾".
On the track, sophomore Ariana Jorgensen (Kleinburg, Ontario/Emily Carr Secondary) won the 200-meter dash with a school-record time of 25.74 seconds and placed second in the 100-meters at 12.91 seconds.
Junior Shanita Fluker (Flint, Mich./Southwestern) took third place in the 400-meters with a LEC-best time of 59.92 seconds. She also had a fourth-place finish in the 800-meters, one of 12 top-10 performances on the day for the Storm women.
For the men, freshman Nick Hall (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) ran 1:55.16 in the 800-meters to set a school record and finish second. The previous record-holder, senior Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail), was close behind at 1:55.75 to finish fourth. Snyder's prior best, and the former Lake Erie standard, was 1:57.18.
Redshirt freshman Sean Stone (Newton Falls, Ohio/Southeast) continued his recent hot streak of setting school throwing records with a new mark in the hammer throw. His toss of 175' 2" (53.40) placed him second.
The men also had 12 top-10 finishes, including three in the 4x400-meter relay, and an individual first-place finish in the pole vault by freshman Cody Graybeal (Shiloh, Ohio/Crestview).
The Storm's outdoor schedule resumes March 15-16 at the Wake Forest University Open.