PAINESVILLE, OHIO – A pair of provisional qualifiers and a handful of school records highlighted the Lake Erie College track and field teams' season-opening performance at the second day of the Coastal Carolina University Invitational Saturday (March 12) in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Sophomore All-American Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) and classmate Quinton Harley (Rochester, N.Y./Edison Tech) each hit provisional qualifying for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the men's 110-meter hurdles. Snyder won the event with a time of 52.67 seconds and Harley was third in 53.55.
The pair flip-flopped roles in the shorter distance, as Harley placed eighth in the 110-meter hurdles with a school-record time of 15.13 seconds while Snyder was 10th in 15.28. Fellow sophomore Garrett Ondrus (Oregon, Ohio/Clay) was close behind with a time of 15.76 seconds.
For the Storm women, sophomore Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) placed third in the long jump by leaping 17' 11", a school record. She had the best individual performance on the women's side, matched by the 4x100-meter relay team that also placed third (48.35 seconds).
Sophomore Cameron Whitner (Westerville, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) had a strong day in the sprints, finishing sixth in the 100-meter dash (10.97 seconds) and ninth in the 200-meters (22.33 seconds) to highlight some notable individual performances.
Freshman Katherine Davis (Cambridge, Ohio/Cambridge) had the best individual finish on the women's side besides Bednar, placing eighth in the high jump by clearing 5' 1". Junior Allison Wright (Columbus, Ohio/Hilliard) was 10th in the 800-meters, crossing the finish line in 2:21.82.
Other school records on the men's side were set by sophomore Desmond Reed (Warren, Ohio/Warren G. Harding) in the men's triple jump (40' 2 ¼") and sophomore Craig Gerber (Freemont, Ohio/Clyde) in the 300-meter steeplechase (10:21.95).
The women's 4x400-meter relay team also set a school record with a time of 4:00.11, good for a ninth-place finish.
The Storm continues its season-opening stretch in the Mid-Atlantic next weekend at the Wake Forest University Open March 18-19.