ALLENDALE, MICH. – Bolstered by three scoring performances in the jumps and a school-record run by the distance medley relay team, the Lake Erie College men's track and field team finds itself currently in fifth place after five scored events at the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Storm scored 17 points on the first day of competition Saturday (Feb. 23) at Grand Valley State University's Kelly Family Sports Center.
Junior All-American Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) was the high scorer on day one. The two-sport star - making just his third appearance during the indoor season- finished second in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6' 11" (2.11 meters). Sophomore Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili) finished seventh in the high jump (6' 5") and was sixth in the long jump (22' 1 ¾") in advance of Sunday's triple jump which he enters as the favorite to win the conference title.
The other scoring mark came from the DMR team of freshmen Keith Hemphill (Warrensville Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Central Catholic) and Nick Hall (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) and redshirt juniors Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) and Cody Lancaster (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North). They finished fifth with a time of 10:09.55 which was both a school record and an NCAA provisional qualifying time.
Hemphill also had a big run in the men's 400-meters, posting the best time in the preliminary rounds of 48.27. He advances to Sunday's finals along with redshirt freshman Jarrod Edwards (Riverview, Fla./Riverview) in the 60-meters (7.01 seconds, ninth) and Snyder in the 60-meter hurdles (8.27 seconds, ninth).
Redshirt freshman Sean Stone (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) had the second school record of the day, once again breaking his own mark in the weight throw. His distance of 55' 8 ¼" (16.97 meters) placed him 14th.
For the women, senior Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) placed sixth in the long jump at 16' 10" to score the Storm's lone three points on the day. Lake Erie currently sits 12th after six scored events.
Freshman Alicia Arnold (Lorain, Ohio/Lorain) placed fifth in the preliminaries of the 200-meters with a time of 25.28 seconds, while sophomore Ariana Jorgensen (Kleinburg, Ontario/Emily Carr Secondary) earned the seventh spot in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles at 8.90 seconds.
The second and final day of the GLIAC Championships gets underway Sunday, Feb. 24, at 8 a.m.