FINDLAY, OHIO – Sophomore Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) won his second straight conference indoor crown in the high jump and three other Lake Erie College men earned all-league honors Saturday (Feb. 25) at the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Findlay's Malcolm Athletic Center.
Dudley, the 2011 GLIAC indoor and two-time All-American , cleared the bar at 7' 2 ½", better than the runner-up in the event by over four inches. It improved his already automatic qualifying standard and puts him tied for second nationally heading into the NCAA Division III Championships next month.
Junior All-American Isaac Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) entered the day with a share of the lead in the men's heptathlon and engaged in a spirited battle with Saginaw Valley State University's Tyler Grob, last year's champion. After winning the pole vault portion of the multi-event, Grob had a 75-point lead heading into the final event, the 1,000-meter run. Snyder won that race in 2:49.15, but Grob finished third at 2:50.38, meaning Snyder could only cut the deficit by 12 points. Snyder finished with 5,029 points, a school record and the seventh most in DII this season.
It was the first time he surpassed the 5,000-point mark in the heptathlon.
Freshman Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili) also had a runner-up finish, taking second place in the triple jump. He leapt 47' 3" on his second jump, but was short of his season-best provisional jump of 48'3 1/2". He also placed fourth in the high jump, clearing 6' 6 ¼", giving him two All-GLIAC honors in his conference meet debut.
Junior Eric Klucar (Medina, Ohio/Highland) reached provisional qualifying in the pole vault for the second straight year, going over the bar at a season-best 15' 8 ½" and placing fourth. Klucar was fifth at the 2011 GLIAC Championships.
On the women's side, sophomore Taylor Williams (Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) set a school record in the shot put with a heave of 38' 7 ½".
As a team, the Storm men placed seventh of 10 teams with 35.5 points. The Lake Erie woman placed 11th.