Men's 4x400 Relay Team Closes in on NCAA Qualifying Time at GVSU

PAINESVILLE, OHIO - The men's 4x400-meter relay team came within striking distance of national qualifying, but did set a school record over the weekend (Feb. 12-13) at the GVSU Big Meet hosted by Grand Valley State University.

The team of freshmen Quinton Harley (Rochester, N.Y./Edison Tech), Donta Covington (Akron, Ohio/North), Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) and Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) recorded a school-record time of 3:18.92, just off the NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:18.10.  They placed eighth in the 30-team field.

Individually, Burrows ran 7.12 seconds in the open 60-meters and 22.24 in the 200-meter invite, beating his own school record by just .01 second.  Harley clocked a time of 50.16 in the 400-meter invite, setting a Lake Erie mark, and 22.90 in the open 200.  Snyder ran a 50.58 in the open 400 to place 14th in that event.

In the distance races, freshman Cody Lancaster (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) ran the mile in 4:36.74 while junior Kyle Griffith (Painesville, Ohio/Harvey) placed 22nd in the open 5,000-meters with a time of 15:47.96. 

For the women, sophomore Allison Wright (Columbus, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) ran the 400-meters in 1:01.98 to set a school record. Freshman Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) ran a season-best 8.23 seconds in the 60-meters.  

MID-FEBRUARY MEET

Sophomore Mike Gritz (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush) led a contingent of Storm athletes at the Mid-February Meet at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio Friday night (Feb. 12).

Gritz placed third in the men's 35-lb. weight throw and fourth in the shot put, smashing his own school mark in the weight throw.  His weight throw of 47' 5 ¾" cleared his previous best by over two feet (45' ¼").  Gritz hit a season-best 44' 7 ½" in the shot put.

On the women's side, freshman Kaitlyn Holland (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) posted the sixth fastest time in the 55-meter spring, crossing the finish line in 7.75 seconds in the finals.      

ALL-OHIO MEET

Saturday (Feb. 13) freshmen Eric Klucar (Medina, Ohio/Highland) and Isaac Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) represented the Storm at the All-Ohio Indoor Track & Field Championships at Bowling Green State University.  The duo combined for eight points to tie Lake Erie for 8th place in the men's team standings.

Klucar placed sixth in the pole vault, doing so by clearing a season-best - and school record - 14'6".  Snyder, meanwhile, placed fourth in the heptathlon with 4370 points.  His best individual event was the 1,000-meter run where he placed second at 2:51.85.