ALLENDALE, Mich. – The Lake Erie College track and field team was in action today (May 4) as they competed in the second day of the GLIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Head Coach Grant Lofdahl said ""We had a very good first day of conference. Not everything went our way, but a lot of things certainly did".
The Storm women were led by Danielle Corbin (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Walnut Grove (Ga.)) as she won the long jump clearing a distance of 5.85 meters (19 feet 2.25 inches). With the win Corbin is now the reigning GLIAC Indoor and Outdoor Champion in the women's long jump. Hailey Nielsen (Jonesville, Mich. / Jonesville) placed fifth in the heptathlon as she scored 4,222 points, which is a school record. The fifth place finish was aided by a personal best throw of 29.92 meters (98 feet 1.75 inches) in the Javelin. The Storm 4x100 relay team of Caprece Conrad (Akron, Ohio / Woodridge), Nadia Lee (Tucker, Ga. / Tucker), McKenzie Patton (Bellefontaine, Ohio / Bellefontane), and Simone Green (Akron, Ohio / Buchtel) qualified for the 4x100 meter finals with a time of 48.52 seconds, the final will take place tomorrow. Green ran a 12.28 second 100 meter dash, the mark qualified her to compete in the 100 meter dash finals tomorrow.
Coach Lofdahl said "Hailey got us off to a good start with a big school record and 5th-place finish in the heptathlon. Finishing that high as a true freshman is really excellent. Danielle won a very close long jump competition beating out two former GLIAC champions, and Nadia jumped really well to get 4th. Simone Green raced her way into the 100 finals as well, and our 4x100 relay qualified".
The Storm men were led by DJ Graham (Gomer, Ohio / Columbus Grove) as he took second place in the steeplechase with a time of 9:21.67 minutes. The 4x100 meter relay team of Torrez Edwards (Warrensville, Ohio / Warrensville Heights),Shavon Thompson (St. Andrew, Jamaica / Ardenne),Joseph Elson (Mount Gilead, Ohio / Mount Gilead), and Andre Husain Jr. (Cleveland Heights, Ohio / Holy Name) ran a time of 42.47 seconds in the prelims to qualify for the 4x100 meter relay finals tomorrow. Thompson ran a time of 21.97 seconds in the 200 meter dash, which qualified him for the 200 meter dash finals which will take place tomorrow.
Coach Lofdahl added "For the men, DJ had a tremendous performance in the steeple. It was a tactical race, and he ran very smart to take 2nd and get on the podium. Again our 4x1 team qualified and they're ready to move up in the finals, and Shavon Thompson had a clutch 200 dash to make finals as well".
Lake Erie will return to the track tomorrow (May 5) when they wrap up competition at the GLIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.