ITHACA, N.Y. – Just one week after clearing the 50-foot barrier for the first time, Lake Erie College sophomore Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili) went farther than all but one Division II triple jumper this season on Saturday (Feb. 9) at the Kane Invitational at Cornell University.
Postwaite won the event with a spectacular leap of 51' 2 ¾", or 15.61 meters – an NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships automatic qualifying mark and the second best jump in DII this season. Only Johnny Carter of the Academy of Art has had a better jump this season at 51' 3". It's also currently the ninth-best in any NCAA division.
That big jump highlighted a strong showing for the Storm track and field teams at the Upstate New York meet. Jumping less than two hours from his home town, Postwaite had one of four school records and was among three first-place finishes for Lake Erie.
One of the other school records, and an NCAA provisional qualifying time, belong to redshirt junior All-American Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) who set a Lake Erie standard in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.24 seconds. He ran that time in the preliminary round and posted a time of 8.29 in the finals, placing sixth. Snyder also had a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash (22.73 seconds).
Redshirt freshman Sean Stone (Newton Falls, Ohio/Ravenna Southeast) set a school record in the weight throw for the second straight week. He took fourth place with a heave of 54' 11 ½" (16.74 meters) – over a foot farther than his toss a week ago at the Division II Team Challenge.
The final school record came on the women's side, as freshman Alicia Arnold (Lorain, Ohio/Lorain) ran the 400-meters in 59.58 seconds. She finished seventh in the event, just ahead of junior Shanita Fluker (Flint, Mich./Southwestern) in eighth place at 59.91. The duo became the first LEC female runners to break the one-minute mark in the event.
Freshman Keith Hemphill (Warrensville Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Central Catholic) had two first place finishes, including an individual title in the men's 400-meters (49.87 seconds). He also teamed with Snyder, senior Joe Lockard (Columbus, Ohio/Circleville) and classmate Ira George (Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar) for first-place in the 4x400-meter relay with an NCAA provisional time of 3:21.14.
Other top individual finishes belonged to redshirt freshman Jarrod Edwards (Riverview, Fla./Riverview) with a fourth-place finish in the 60-meters (7.00 seconds- prelims, 7.01 finals), sophomore Ariana Jorgensen (Kleinburg, Ontario/Emily Carr Secondary) with a personal-best 8.96 seconds in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles and placing sixth in the finals (9.05) and senior Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) and sophomore Destiny Prusky (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) who each placed sixth in the long jump and high jump, respectively.
Jorgensen's 60-hurdles preliminary time was just .01 off the NCAA provisional mark of 8.95 seconds.
The women's 4x400-meter relay team had a seventh-place finish.
Next weekend the Storm is scheduled to compete at the 2013 Greater Cleveland Championships Friday night (Feb. 15) at Baldwin Wallace University and at the Kent State University Tune-Up on Saturday (Feb. 16).