PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Five Lake Erie athletes will be in action at the 2014 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which is slated to get underway on Thursday.
Senior Jamil Dudley will be looking to claim a third national title in the men's high jump, and Dudley will be joined by Joe Postwaite (high jump, triple jump) and Ethan Snyder (400 hurdles) who will compete for the Lake Erie men and by Nadia Lee (triple jump) and Destiny Prusky (high jump) who will compete for the Storm women in the three-day (May 22-24) meet at the Grand Valley Track and Field Stadium in Allendale, Michigan.
Dudley's 2.26-meter (7-05) jump at the Campbell-Wright Open in Akron, Ohio, (May 10) ranks second on the NCAA-II outdoor performance list and 18th in the world (International Association of Athletics Federations). The seven-time NCAA-II All-American earned an automatic invite to the June 26 USA Track & Field National Championships with his lofty 7-foot-5 leap. And Dudley has a running (jumping) mate in the high jump.
Postwaite notched a 2.15-meter (7-00.50) in finishing second to Dudley in the mid-April Sparky Adams Invitational. That mark sends Postwaite into the high jump ranked fifth in NCAA-II. Postwaite – a three-time all-American – will also compete in the triple jump, an event he took silver in at the 2014 NCAA-II Indoor National Championships. Postwaite heads to Allendale ranked eighth in the triple, with his best outdoor mark this season being 15.31 meters (50-2.75). In this season's indoor campaign, the junior from Rochester, New York, notched a US national-qualifying mark of 15.70 meters (51-06.25) in placing second at the NCAA-II indoor meet. He is one of only four US athletes to have a triple jump over 51 feet and a high jump in excess of seven.
Snyder will compete in the 400-meter hurdles, an event he placed fifth in at last year's outdoor national meet. Snyder is a four-time NCAA-II All-American; his qualifying mark of 52.04 seconds ranks 10th in the event heading into the meet.
On the women's side, Prusky heads to Allendale as the owner of this season's 10th-best NCAA-II performance (1.71 meters, 5-07.25) in the high jump. That jump was a clutch one; it won Prusky silver and Lake Erie eight points at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships earlier this month.
Lee's qualifying for the women's triple jump was notable – she'll be the only true freshman in a field of 21 vying for gold in Michigan. The Tucker, Georgia, native ranks 20th in the nation with a 12.12-meter (39-09.25) performance filed at the Campbell-Wright Open.
The 2014 championship will award NCAA Division II national champions in 42 events and include team champions for both the men's and women's side. The Lake Erie men earned Lake Erie's all-time best finish in a national championship when they placed ninth at this year's indoor nationals in March.
"We've had a solid spring," said Head Coach Ryan Rademacher. "and it's great to send five to the national meet. These student-athletes have worked hard to post their qualifying results, and I am looking forward to see if they can raise their effort even more."
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