PAINESVILLE, OHIO – When the 2010 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships open May 27 in Charlotte, N.C., the three-year old Lake Erie College program will have a pair of representatives vying for All-American honors. Freshmen Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) and Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) will compete in the men's 200-meter dash and 400-meter hurdle race, respectively.
“This is certainly a huge accomplishment for both Chris and Ethan as well as for our track and field programs in general,” said head coach Bryan Harmon. “To have two student-athletes qualify for nationals in just our second year in Division II, and only our third year overall as a program, is virtually unheard of.
“Even though our program is young and these two are in their first year competing collegiately, it's not a surprise for them to reach this stage because I've seen how hard both Chris and Ethan have worked and how determined they have been from day one. Their goal at the beginning of the year was to put Lake Erie College track and field on the map, and they are delivering.”
Burrows is seeded 12th in the 200-meters with his qualifying time of 21.18 seconds set two weeks ago at Indiana University. That time, a school record, is tied for the 11th fastest time in the country. Burrows just missed qualifying for the 100-meters, with his best time of 10.63 being less than 0.1 seconds off the cutline.
Snyder also had the 11th fastest time in his event, the 400-meter hurdles, and is seeded 11th in that race. He had earlier qualified provisionally with a time of 53.09 seconds, but then ran 52.54 last weekend at Georgia Tech to essentially guarantee him a spot (the cutoff time was 52.72).
The NCAA Championships will be held at the Irwin Bell Track Complex at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte May 27-29. The preliminary heats for the 400 hurdles will be held on Thursday and the 200 dash on Friday with finals for both events on Saturday.