PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Sophomore Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) scored the Lake Erie College track and field teams' first points at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships and was one of several Storm sprinters to earn spots in the finals during the first day of competition at the league meetFriday (Feb. 25) in Saginaw, Mich.
The event marks the Storm's debut in the conference championships after officially joining the league as a full member in July of 2010.
Bednar finished third in the women's long jump with a school record leap of 18' 1" to record six points. She, along with classmate Andrea Boyd (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) also qualified in the top six for Saturday's finals in the 60-meter dash. Boyd had the fourth fastest preliminary time at 7.87 seconds, followed by Bednar in sixth at 7.90.
Boyd also qualified second in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.86 seconds and fifth in the 200-meters in 26.12 seconds.
On the men's side, the Storm picked up a point in the distance medley relay during Friday night's limited scoring events. However, there will be a strong Lake Erie presence during day two's finals.
Three Storm men reached the finals in both the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles. Sophomore Quinton Harley (Rochester, N.Y./Edison Tech) will be in both after setting a school record in the hurdles at 8.42 seconds to finish second in the prelims and recording the seventh fastest 60-meter time (7.07 seconds).
Sophomore outdoor All-Americans Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) and Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) also each qualified for two finals. Snyder was fifth in the opening round in the 60-hurdles (8.46 seconds) and eighth in the 400-meters (49.83 seconds). Burrows, meanwhile, took the top spot in qualifying in the 200-meters (21.82 seconds) and was second in the 60 (6.92 seconds).
Sophomore Isaac Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) has 2,664 points midway through the heptathlon and is near the top of the leaderboard in the multi-event. He also will be in the 60-hurdle finals after qualifying sixth at 8.48 seconds.
Sophomore Cameron Whitner (Westerville, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) also qualified for the 60-meter dash finals, finishing fifth at 7.07 seconds in the prelims.
Action resumes Saturday, Feb. 26, with the men's hepathlon completion at 8 a.m. Field events will follow at 11 a.m. with running events slated to start at noon at Saginaw valley State University's James E. O'Neill, Jr. Arena.