Storm Men Crack Outdoor Top 25 for First Time, Stand at 19th

Storm Men Crack Outdoor Top 25 for First Time, Stand at 19th

PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- Following a fantastic weekend, the Lake Erie College men's track and field teams broke into the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) Top 25 Computer Poll for the first time on Tuesday (April 19).  The Storm men currently are ranked 19th.

Lake Erie posted three top 10 national performances over the weekend, to move up seven spots.  Sophomore All-American Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) opened the weekend with a 20.90 200-meter dash Friday at the University of Tennessee Sea Ray Relays, the fifth fastest time in te country to date.

Then on Sunday at the VertKlasse Invitational hosted by High Point University, classmare Quinton Harley (Rochester, N.Y./Edison Tech) covered the 400-meter hurdle course in 51.41 seconds, sixth best in Division II to date.  Freshman indoor All-American Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) capped the weekend with a NCAA Division II best - and USA Track and Field B Standard - 7' 3 1/4" (2.22 meters) in the high jump.

"We were right on the cusp of cracking the top 25 last week and our kids came out this past weekend with a lot of ferocity," said head coach Bryan Harmon.  "We're going to continue to work hard these next couple of weeks and prepare ourselves for the conference and national championship meets."

The Storm qualified two individuals for the 2010 Outdoor National Championships and has provisionally qualified five athletes in six events on the men's side, as well as two on the women's, for the 2011 national meet in Turlock, Calif.

Lake Erie ended the indoor season ranked 21st in the polls and had a 16th-place showing and four All-Americans at the Indoor National Championships.

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