ALLENDALE, MICH. – The Lake Erie College men's track and field team picked up a pair of individual titles and currently sits in fourth place after the first full day of the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday (May 3) at Grand Valley State University.
Freshman Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili) and sophomore All-American Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) led the way for the Storm with first-place performances in the long jump and high jump, respectively.
Watch video of both jumps below.
Postwaite set a school record and reached NCAA Division II provisional qualifying in the long jump with a leap of 23' 5 ½", his first time breaking the seven-meter mark in the event. He also had a seventh-place finish in the high jump, clearing 6' 7", to finish the afternoon with 12 points.
Dudley, who has twice won the GLIAC Indoor championship in the high jump, added a first outdoor title to his resume, clearing the bar at 6' 11" on his final attempt at that height to win the event. He has already qualified automatically for the NCAA Outdoor Championship.
Two other Storm men scored points Thursday while another two qualified for Friday's race finals. Freshman David Bojalad (Saint Mary's Pa./Elk County Christian) placed sixth in the javelin throw with a heave of 176' 8" and junior Nathan Fox (Groveport, Ohio/Bishop Harley) took eighth in the decathlon with 4,832 points.
Junior Garrett Ondrus (Oregon, Ohio/Clay) claimed the final spot in the 110-meter hurdles with a school-record tying time of 15.09 seconds and advanced to the finals of that race. Fifth-year senior Andre Robinson (Cleveland, Ohio/Martin Luther King, Jr./Notre Dame) qualified fifth in the 400-meter run with a time of 48.49 seconds.
The Storm men totaled 26 points Thursday and are currently in fourth place out of 11 scoring teams. The women are one of three teams that have not recorded a point in the competition yet. Junior Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) just missed scoring in the long jump, finishing ninth at 17' 9 ¾" and freshman Ariana Jorgensen (Toronto, Ontario/Henry Carr Secondary) finished 10th in the preliminaries of the 100-meter hurdles (10.58 seconds), missing the finals by one place.
The 2012 GLIAC Outdoor Championships conclude on Friday, May 4.