HILLSDALE, Mich. – The Lake Erie men's squad leapt its way to an early top-four position as the 2014 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships got underway on Saturday.
Through day one at the league's two-day title event, the Lake Erie men sit in fourth place, while the Storm women are in 13th.
The men's squad earned 13 points on Saturday, one more than fifth-place team and meet-host Hillsdale. LEC earned its 13 points in one event – the long jump. Senior Jamil Dudley placed second with a 7.31-meter (23-11.75) leap, and Joe Postwaite earned fourth with a season-best mark of 7.16 meters (23-06).
The Storm men have plenty to look forward to on Sunday. Senior Ethan Snyder qualified for the championship final in the 400-meter dash and the 60-meter hurdles. And Isaac Snyder and Kurtis Taylor both logged big numbers in the first four events of the heptathlon.
Grand Valley State-Mich. (54 points), Ashland (31) and Findlay (26) were the only teams to finish better than the LEC men on Saturday.
In the women's competition, Ashland (64 points) and GVSU (55) separated themselves from the rest of the 13-team field on Saturday.
Freshman Nikki Mosby earned the LEC women their lone point when she carded an eighth-place finish in the pentathlon. Mosby's best event was the 800-meter run, an event that saw her place fourth.
Sophomore Danielle Martin qualified for Sunday's championship final in the 60-meter dash with a 7.73-second scamper, a performance that qualifies as an NCAA-II provisional mark. Martin also qualified in the 200-meter dash.
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