Storm Returns to Action and Sets Six More Records at Doug Raymond Invite

PAINESVILLE, OHIO - Six school records fell as the Lake Erie College men's and women's indoor track and field teams returned to competition Saturday (Jan. 16) at the Doug Raymond Invitational at Kent State University.

Running for the first time since Dec. 12, the Storm men set five of the six marks on Saturday. In two meets this season, the teams have combined to establish 23 school records.

In the sprints, freshmen Donta Covington (Akron, Ohio/Akron North) and Quinton Harley (Richester, N.Y./Edison Tech) set records in the men's 200- and 400-meter runs, respectively. Covington clocked a time of 22.81 seconds, beating the mark of 22.93 set by Hartley in December. Hartley run 50.61, just ahead of classmate Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) at 50.75 and ahead of his 50.78 record last time out.

Freshman Cody Lancaster (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) ran 9:26.99 in the 3,000-meter run, breaking junior Kyle Griffith's (Painesville, Ohio/Capital) previous record of 9:38.80. Griffith finished one spot behind Lancaster on Saturday, running the race in 9:29.44.

The final record on the track was set by the 4x400-meter relay team of Burrows, Hartley, Covington and freshman Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail). He group clocked a time of 3:23.43, four seconds faster than the old mark and the fifth fastest time on the day.

The other record was set in the pole vault by freshman Eric Klucar (Medina, Ohio/Highland) reaching 13-07.25. That vault put him in fifth place, matching the 4-x400 relay team for the top finish by the Storm on the day.

On the women's side, freshman Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) ran 27.27 in the 200-meter dash , besting the previous school record by just .04 seconds. Classmate Andrea Boyd (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) ran a season-best 9.27 in the 60-meter hurdles, placing 11th in the event.

Sophomore Allison Wright (Columbus, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) had a top-ten finish in the women's 800-meter run, placing ninth with a time of 2:29.34.

The teams are back in action next Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Baldwin-Wallace College Mid-January Meet in Berea, Ohio. The event begins at 10 a.m.