ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College track and Field team continued their 2016 outdoor season at the John Homan Open this past weekend (April 8-10) hosted my Mount Union College.
"Overall, we had a very solid meet, especially when you consider that the temperature barely reached 40 degrees either day," said Storm Head Coach Grant Lofdahl. "I'm excited to see what happens when the warms up and we get our full team rolling next weekend!"
A trio of Storm men distance runners won their races. Jordan Pritchard (Painesville, Ohio/Lake Catholic) was victorious in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:00.93. DJ Graham (Gomer, Ohio/Columbus Grove) also brought home a first-place finish for the Storm, winning the 10,000 meters with a school record time of 31:38.77. Logan Ebersole (Chesterville, Ohio/Highland) rounded out the first-place finishers for the Storm men, winning the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:20.91.
Brandon Bryan (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) finished fifth in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:32.31 while George Lesnak (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) took sixth in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 15:58.40.
Gina Henley (Akron, Ohio/Akron) led the Storm women's runners with a first-place finish, winning the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 12:54.60. Taylor Ritchie (Salem, Ohio/United Local) placed fourth in the 10,000 meters with a time of 42:20.07. This marked the first time the Storm women have ran these events in program history. Catherine Beisel (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) finished 13th in the 5,000 meter run with a program record time of 20:06.54.
"Gina Henley and Taylor Ritchie blazed some trails for the program, becoming the first LEC women to compete in the steeplechase and the 10,000-meter run, respectively. Catherine Beisel set a PR and an outdoor school record in the 5000, and Jordan Pritchard ran a really strong 1500 to get a convincing win. Logan Ebersole also won the steeplechase in his first time ever running. The best race of the day has to go to DJ Graham, who chopped more than 30 seconds off the school record in the 10K and won the race by over a minute."
Sean Stone (Newton Falls, Ohio/Southeast) placed fifth in the hammer throw with a toss of 53.45 meters while Jimmy Ritt (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) finished seventh with a toss of 48.44 meters. Kurtis Taylor (Holland, Ohio/Springfield) placed sixth in the javelin with a throw of 45.38 meters.
Kaitlyn Menges (New Philadelphia, Ohio/New Philadelphia) had a terrific day throwing. She won the hammer throw with a distance of 44.70 meters. She placed third in the shot put and discus with distances of 12.60 meters and 35.76 meters respectively.
Brenda Johnson (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine) placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 11.88 meters. Lauren Pagan (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) placed sixth in the discus with a toss of 31.79 meters while Gabby Horney (Cedarville, Ohio/Cedarville) finished just behind her in seventh with a throw of 31.72 meters.
"Our hammer throwers did a nice job on Friday, with Kaitlyn Menges getting a win and Sean Stone just missing the provisional mark," said Lofdahl."Discus went very well on Sunday, as all three of our throwers placed in the top-seven."
The Storm is back in action Friday (April 15) at the Walsh Invitational.