Five First Place Finishes for Storm at Greater Cleveland Championships

PAINESVILLE, OHIO - Freshmen Andrea Boyd (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) and Whitney Johnson (Oakwood Village, Ohio/Bedford) highlighted the Lake Erie College track and field teams' performance Friday night (Feb. 19) at the annual Greater Cleveland College Championships hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College.

The two teams combined for five first-place finishes on the night, including three by the women.

Boyd won both the 55-meter dash and the 55-meter hurdles, edging Johnson in the latter event. She won the sprint in 7.49 seconds and the hurdles in 8.50. In addition to finishing as the runner-up in the hurdles, Johnson won the 200-meter dash and placed fifth in the 55-meter dash.

Classmate Sammie Smith (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) had the other first-place finish for the women, winning the 500-meter run in 1:23.49.

On the men's side, freshman Cody Lancaster (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) won the 5,000-meteres in 16:03.96 and classmate Eric Klucar (Medina, Ohio/Highland) took the pole vault, crossing 14' 3 ¼".

Other strong performers on the women's side included sophomore Allison Wright (Columbus, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson), who finished second in the 800-meters (2:27.86); sophomore Cierra Hicks (Richmond Heights, Ohio/Richmond Heights), fourth in the 200 (27.40 seconds); and freshman Kaitlyn Holland (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North), sixth in the 200 (27.59).

In addition, the 4x400-meter relay team of Smith, Wright and freshmen Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) and Leah Jones (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) ran a 4:15.68 to finish second.

As a team, the Storm finished fourth of 6 teams, totaling 92 points, despite not competing in seven of the 18 scored events.

The Storm men also received strong showings from freshman Isaac Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail), who ran third in the 55-meter hurdles (8.29) and sophomore John Hokavar (Perry, Ohio/Perry), who set a personal-best in the weight throw with a toss of 46' 4 ¾". That throw was the second best in school history.

A select group of Storm runners will compete on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Kent State University Tune-Up Meet.