Women's 4x100 Relay Team Provisionally Qualifies for NCAAs at Ashland Alumni Open

Colleen Bednar (Photo by Ryan Baker/Baker Media Productions)
Colleen Bednar (Photo by Ryan Baker/Baker Media Productions)

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – A provisional qualifying performance in the women's 4x100-meter relay and a total of five school records highlighted the Lake Erie College track and field teams day at the Ashland University Alumni Open on Saturday (April 30).

The relay team of sophomores Kaitlyn Holland (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North), Whitney Johnson (Oakwood Village, Ohio/Bedford), Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) and Andrea Boyd (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) finished second to Grand Valley State University by just .21 seconds, running a school-record time of 47.21 seconds.  That time qualifies the squad provisionally for the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the end of May in Spurlock, Calif.

Two other records were set by the women's team.  Freshman Shanita Fluker (Flint, Mich./Flint Southwest) ran the 400-meter hurdles in 1:08.06 and sophomore Tiffany Turner (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) threw the discus 87' 1" to establish new Lake Erie marks.

On the men's side, freshman indoor All-American Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) won the high jump with a facility record jump of 7' 2 ¼".  Dudley, who already has qualified automatically for the NCAA Outdoor meet, had his second best jump of the season.

In the long jump, freshman Isaac Reid (East Stroudsburg, Pa./East Stroudsburg) set a LEC record with a leap of 21' 4 ¼" to place fifth in the event.  Sophomore Anthony Trozzi (Parma, Ohio/Parma) had the other school record, coming in the hammer throw, with a toss of 158' 1". 

Other standout individual performances included sophomore Cody Lancaster (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) with a seventh-place finish in the 1,500-meters (4:02.48), Turner with a seventh-place in the triple jump (33' 8 ½") and junior Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) with a four-place in the women's high jump (5' 3"). 

The Storm track and field teams will compete this week at the 2011 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Midland, Mich., May 4-6.

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