PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Lake Erie will compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday and Sunday.
The event – hosted by Hillsdale College – will be held in the Margot V. Biermann Center in Hillsdale, Mich., and will include 34 championship events (17 men's, 17 women's).
LEC's men, in particular, head into the weekend on a high note – the Storm were ranked No. 15 in the nation in the Feb. 25 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association DII National Team Computer Rankings. "We are very excited as this is our program's best ranking," said Interim Head Coach Ryan Rademacher. "The men have a goal of getting into the top four in the conference and then moving onto nationals."
The Storm men are one of four GLIAC teams ranked in the USTFCCCA's top-15. Ashland (No. 3), Grand Valley State-Mich. (No. 5) and Findlay (No. 7) are ranked ahead of LEC. Four GLIAC teams are ranked in the women's top-25, and the Ohio-Michigan-based conference sits atop the rankings of track & field leagues on both the men's and women's sides.
"The women's squad is looking very strong as we head into GLIAC meet," said Rademacher. "There are several women who should earn top-10 points in this meet, and we are looking for a program-best finish."
To pull that off, Lake Erie would need to finish better than ninth in the field of 14 teams.
LEC's women head into the GLIAC Championships with eight performances that currently rank as league top-10s this season. Chief among them are Arianna Jorgensen and Nadia Lee ranking fourth in the 60-meter hurdles and triple jump, respectively. Both have posted NCAA-II provisional marks in their events, as has Destiny Prusky who heads into the weekend with the GLIAC's fifth-best mark (1.70 meters, 5-07) in the high jump.
Lee and fellow freshman Danielle Corbin head to Hillsdale with multiple GLIAC top-10s this season. Lee is fourth in the 60-meter hurdles and sixth in the long jump. Corbin is fifth in the long jump and 10th in the 60-meter dash.
The jumping events are where the Lake Erie men can be expected to produce big point totals as well. Edward Dudley and Joe Postwaite both rank in the top-10 nationally in two jumping events. Dudley – last week's GLIAC Field Athlete of the Week – owns the No. 1 GLIAC performance (and nation's No. 3) in the high jump. He ranks second in the circuit (and ninth in the nation) in the long jump.
Postwaite has the conference's top (and NCAA-II's third-best) mark in the triple jump. He ranks second (third) in the high jump. Their combined performances are the leading edge of the men's results that have seen Lake Erie log one automatic and seven provisional qualifying marks thus far in the team's indoor campaign.
Tops in the running events is Ethan Snyder, who owns league top-10s in both the 400-meter run and the 60-meter hurdles.
Ashland won the 2013 GLIAC title on the men's side; Lake Erie placed fifth in a field of 14 teams. On the women's side, Grand Valley State won the title; the Storm placed seventh.
# # # STORM # # #