ASHLAND, OHIO – One individual victory, a pair of runner-up finishes and four school records highlighted the Lake Erie College track teams performance Friday (May 3) as the Storm wrapped up the third and final day of the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships at Ashland University.
The Storm men finished fifth in the team standings with 60 total points. The women scored 41 points to rank seventh of the 15 competing teams. It's the highest finish ever for the Storm women at a conference meet and ties the men's best team performance.
Leading the way on day three was sophomore All-American Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili) who all but guaranteed himself a spot at the NCAA Division II championships by winning the triple jump in school-record fashion. In second place heading into the finals, Postwaite went 15.55 meters (51' ¼") on his fifth jump. That mark is currently ranked fourth nationally and was over two feet better than the runner-up in the event, giving him his second straight GLIAC outdor triple jump title and third straight overall.
In addition, it marked the second straight year Lake Erie swept all three of the men's jumps at the conference outdoor meet.
Redshirt junior All-American Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) ran a season-best 51.91 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing second. That time is currently seventh nationally. Sophomore Destiny Prusky (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) earned the women's team's highest finish, taking home second place in the high jump with a school-record leap of 1.72 meters (5' 7 ¾"). That moved her up to 12th on the current national performance list.
The women's 4x100-meter relay team finished fourth in a time of 47.97 seconds and the 4x400-meter team took fifth place in a school-record time of 3:55.77.
The Storm teams totaled five other fifth-place finishes. Freshman Alicia Arnold (Lorain, Ohio/Lorain) had two of them, coming in the 100-meter (12.35 seconds) and 200-meter (24.80) races. Classmate Keith Hemphill (Warrensville Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Central Catholic) was fifth in the men's 400-meter run (48.07 seconds) and sophomore Ariana Jorgensen (Kleinburg, Ont./Emily Carr Secondary) placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with an LEC-best time of 14.08 seconds.
The men's 4x400-meter relay team was also fifth in 3:17.91, while the 4x100 squad was sixth with a time of 41.98 seconds.
Rounding out the Storm scorers was redshirt freshman Sean Stone (Newton Falls, Ohio/Southeast) in the hammer throw. He placed eighth with a heave of 55.46 meters (181' 11").