PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- In the first regional rankings of the indoor season released by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), both Lake Erie College track and field teams earned spots in the top 10, with the men achieving their highest ranking to date and the women breaking into the top 10 for the first time.
The Storm men currently are ranked sixth, just behind Missouri University of Science & Technology and well ahead of seventh-ranked Hillsdale College. Last weekend, Lake Erie placed eighth overall among Division I and II teams at the All-Ohio Championships at Kent State University.
Individually, freshman Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) has turned in the second best performance in all of Division II so far in the high jump (7' ½") while sophomore Isaac Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) is fourth in the heptathlon. The Storm has two other individuals and a relay team all in the top 20.
On the women's side, Lake Erie is in the number nine spot in the Midwest. Sophomore sprinter/hurdlert Andrea Boyd (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) has already provisionally qualified for the national championships with the eighth best time so far in the 60-meter hurdles.
The Storm hosts its only home meet of the season this weekend, the GaREAT Collegiate Open at the GaREAT Complex in Geneva Friday night and Saturday (Jan. 28-29).