LYNCHBURG, VA. -- Freshman Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili) set one school record and tied another to highlight the Lake Erie College track and field teams' performance on the second day of the Liberty University Collegiate Invitational on Saturday (April 7).
Postwaite took first place in the triple jump with a leap of 48' 11 ½", a full two inches better than his previous mark set last month at the Wake Forest University Open. It also strengthened his position for qualifying for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. His jump of 14.92 meters is currently 10th on the national performance list.
The freshman leaper also tied his own school record in the long jump, reaching 22' 3 ¾" and placing eighth in the event.
In other top-10 finishes Saturday for the Lake Erie men, junior Greg Gerber (Fremont, Ohio/Clyde) was the runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeple chase with a time of 10:12.97 while fellow junior Nathan Fox (Groveport, Ohio/Bishop Harley) finished seventh in the decathlon with 4,501 points. Classmate Garrett Ondrus (Oregon, Ohio/Clay) finished sixth in the 110-meter hurdles (15.47 seconds) and was 10th in the 400-meter hurdles (56.47). Freshman Dakoda Walker (Erie, Pa./McDowell) also had a 10th-place finish in the 110-hurdles while the 4x100-meter relay team was sixth in a season-best time of 42.86 seconds.
On the women's side, freshman Ariana Jorgensen (Toronto, Ontario/Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary) took fourth place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14/96 seconds. She was also 11th in the 100-meter dash (12.84), just behind junior Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick), who clocked a time of 12.80 seconds. Bednar was also 11th in the long jump.
The other top-10 finishes belonged to freshman Destiny Prusky (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) and junior Sammie Smith (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick). Prusky was fifth in the high jump, clearing 5' 3 ¾" to set a personal record, while Smith placed 10th in the 800-meter run in 2:23.80. Senior Kyle Herron (Perry, Ohio/Perry) set a school record in the 5,000-meter run, crossing the finish line in 20:29.30.
The Storm teams are idle until competing at the annual All-Ohio Championships at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on April 20-21.