ASHLAND, OHIO – Redshirt freshman thrower Sean Stone (Newton Falls, Ohio/Southeast) won the open hammer as one of 22 total top-10 finishes for the Lake Erie College men's and women's outdoor track and field teams tuned up for next week's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships at the Ashland University Alumni Open Saturday (April 27).
Stone's throw of 178' 9", which was an NCAA provisional qualifying throw, was over a foot-and-a-half better than the runner-up in the competition. He posted the only first-place finish on the men's side.
The women's 4x100-meter relay team also had a first-place finish. The team of senior Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick), sophomore Ariana Jorgensen (Kleinburg, Ont./Emily Carr Secondary), redshirt freshman Danielle Martin (Freeport, N.Y./Freeport) and freshmnn Alicia Arnold (Lorain, Ohio/Lorain) ran a season-best 48.53 seconds in the race.
Sophomore Destiny Prusky (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) took home a second-place finish in the high jump, tying her own school-record with a provisional jump of 5' 6". Arnold had a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.54 seconds while Jorgensen posted fourth- and fifth-place finishes in the 100-mer hurdles (14.52 seconds) and 200-meters (26.03).
Junior Shanita Fluker (Flint, Mich./Southwestern) was just off her school-record time in the 400-meters, but finished fifth in 59.29 seconds. Freshman Kady Held (Massillon, Ohio/Tuslaw) also finished fifth in the discus, hitting provisional qualifying again with a throw of 143' 8" in the discus. That throw was just one inch off her personal best set a week prior.
The 4x400-meter relay team had a sixth-place finish and the Storm women picked up another sixth, eighth and 10th place finishes as well as three ninth-places.
On the men's side, freshman Keith Hemphill (Warrensville Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Central Catholic) was third in the 400-meters with a season-best time of 47.51 seconds. That time not only moved him up into the top-25 nationally on the provisional list, but was also just off All-American Chris Burrows' school-record of 47.48 seconds.
Hemphill was also part of the 4x400-meter relay team that finished third with a season-best time of 3:17.76. Redshirt junior All-American Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail), also a member of that relay squad, placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.81 seconds and ran a personal-best 1:55.55 in the 800-meters to finish ninth.
Junior All-American high jumper Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) tried his hand, or legs, at the long jump Saturday and had solid results in his debut in the event. Dudley placed fourth with a best leap of 22' 8 ½" inches, a Lake Erie season best.
Freshman Zack Soyring (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon McMillan) was fifth in the javelin with a throw of 166' 10". Hemphill also had a 10th-place run in the 200-meters.
Ashland will also be the host of next week's 2013 GLIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships Wednesday-Saturday, May 1-3.