PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College track and field teams open up their 2014-15 indoor season this weekend at the Golden Flash Gala hosted by Kent State University Friday and Saturday (Dec. 4-5).
"I am excited for our new young group to continue the tradition of family and hard work at the individual and national level," said Storm Head Coach Ryan Rademacher. "We have several athletes who are capable of doing great things on the national stage."
The Storm's first meet at Kent State will put them up against some of the best competition in the nation.
"Our first meet at Kent state will be an eye-opener for some, but a step toward nationals for others. This meet will be a great opener for us as we will see some pretty talented athletes from all Divisions, allowing my athletes to be competitive at all levels."
This level of competition will help the Storm transition into conference meets. The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) offers some of the best competitors in Division-II. Last year, the Storm finished fifth in the GLIAC and ninth in the country.
"We are lucky to be in the best conference in Division-II, with five of the top ten teams being from the GLIAC in the nation."
Several underclassmen are expected to step up for their Storm following tremendous freshmen years.
I am excited to see what the young kids can do after a year of training under their belt," continued Rademacher. "I had some leaders step up in preseason that showed the dedication they have to being tremendous student-athletes."
The Storm men enter the season ranked 25th in the USTFCCA Team Computer Rankings. They return several student-athletes from last year who had tremendous seasons. Leading the way for the Storm men is Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili). The senior captain is a four-time All-American in the triple jump, including a runner-up finish at the Indoor National Championships last season, qualifying for the USA Nationals in the process. In addition to his prowess on the triple jump, Postwaite was one of the only jumpers in the country to jump 51 feet in the triple jump, 24 feet in the long jump and clear seven feet in the high jump. His goal this season is to win a national championship and earn All-American honors in two events.
Sean Stone (Newton Falls, Ohio/Southeast) emerged as one of the top throwers last season. The former national qualifier scored in the GLIAC Championships. For throws, the GLIAC is considered the third best conference in all NCAA Divisions, behind only the SEC and Big-10. This season, he has a shot at not only placing at GLIACs but competing at the National Championships.
Andre Husain Jr. (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) is the sophomore captain for the Storm. As a freshman sprinter, he earned All-GLIAC honors in outdoor and is looking to improve upon that this year.
Destiny Prusky (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) is a two-time national qualifier in the high jump in outdoor seasons and the first female national qualifier in program history. A senior captain, Prusky has earned several All-GLIAC accolades and is a three-time Academic All-American. She is looking to qualify for the Indoor National Championships for the first time.
Ariana Jorgensen (Kleinburg, Ont./Emily Carr Secondary) is the school record holder in hurdles. A multi-time national qualifier, the senior captain is looking for her first berth in the National Championships.
Nadia Lee (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) was the only true freshman to compete in the triple jump at the Outdoor National Championships last season. She earned Academic All-American honors and All-GLIAC honors in the triple and long jump last season, breaking the school record in the triple. She looks to reach her first Indoor National Championships this season.