FINDLAY, Ohio- The Lake Erie College indoor track and field team competed in the first day of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Indoor Championships on Saturday (Feb. 25), held by the University of Findlay.
"Overall it was a very solid day across the board," said Storm head coach Grant Lofdahl. "If we have the same kind of efforts tomorrow, it will have been a very good meet."
Through day one, the women's team is ranked sixth of 12 teams.
Danielle Corbin (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Walnut Grove (Ga.)) battled back from two early fouls to win the women's long jump title on Saturday. Corbin fouled on her first two jumps before she reached 19 feet, 4 ¼ inches (5.90 meters) on her fourth jump. Corbin's winning jump was a NCAA II Provisional mark. Nadia Lee (Tucker, Ga. / Tucker) finished fourth in the women's long jump with a NCAA II Provisional jump of 18 feet, 5 ¾ inches (5.63 meters).
"Tremendous effort from Danielle in the long jump today. She barely qualified for the finals, but then she had three monster jumps in a row. It was great to see a senior get the win in her last indoor conference meet. Nadia had a really strong performance as well to get fourth, she was very consistent through all of her jumps."
Hailey Nielsen (Jonesville, Mich. / Jonesville) took seventh in the pentathlon while Johanna Moeller (Bochum, Germany / Schiller-Schule Gymnasium Furjungen Und Madchen) brought home a tenth place finish. Nielsen finished 4th in the 800 meter dash (2:35.06), tied for third in the high jump (5'2 ½") and tied for fifth in the long jump (16'7 ¼"). Moeller finished fifth in the 60 meter hurdles (9.34), tied for fifth in the long jump (16'7 ¼") and sixth in the shot put (31'8 ½").
Hailey and JJ both had strong efforts in the pentathlon, to both be top-10 as freshmen is excellent.
On the men's side, the men were seventh of ten teams through the first day.
DJ Graham (Gomer, Ohio / Columbus Grove) finished sixth in the 5,000 meter run with a NCAA II Provisional mark of 14:55.65.
"DJ really ran tough in the 5K and he beat some very good runners tonight. He was only seeded 10th coming in, and ran a very gutsy race."
The distance medley team brought home a seventh place finish with a time of 10:35.95.
"The distance medley crew had a solid performance, all four of them ran a solid leg. They got us two big points, and any points scored in this conference count for a lot."
The second day of the championships will take place on Sunday (Feb. 26).