Strong Start to Season by Storm Track and Field Teams

Joe Postwaite (photo courtesy the University of Akron)
Joe Postwaite (photo courtesy the University of Akron)

TIFFIN, OHIO – The Lake Erie College track and field teams made their season debut on Friday night (Nov. 30), claiming six first-place finishes and setting five school records at the Tiffin University Open held at the Heminger Center.

Sophomore Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili) won the triple jump and reached NCAA Championship provisional qualifying with a leap of 47' 10 ½" (14.59 m). That jump was just four inches off his personal best and won the event by a full five inches.  Postwaite also finished second in the long jump, covering 22' ¼" (6.71 m). 

Redshirt junior Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) returned to the track in a big way, winning the 60-meter hurdles in a school-record time of 8.35 seconds.  That easily bested the two-year-old Lake Erie mark of 8.42.

The other school records came in the 4x55 shuttle hurdle relays (31.30 seconds), 4x200-meter (1:33.38) and the Distance Medley Relay. The latter relay, comprised of seniors Joe Lockard (Columbus, Ohio/Circleville) and Craig Gerber (Fremont, Ohio/Clyde), junior Cody Lancaster (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) and freshman Nick Hall (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) shattered the previous record of 10:57.57 by nearly 23 seconds (10:34.59).

Freshman Keith Hemphill (Warrensville Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Central Catholic) was the final individual winner on the men's side, taking the 400-meter dash in 50.72 seconds.

On the women's side, freshman Brianah Allen (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) won the 200-meter dash in 26.54 seconds in her collegiate debut. 

Her classmate Kaitlyn Menges (New Philadelphia, Ohio/New Philadelphia) set the school record in the shot put with a heave of 39' 8 ½" (12.10 m) and also placed third in the weight throw (48' 4 ¾").  Sophomore Destiny Prusky (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) just missed her own record in the high jump by a quarter of an inch, finishing second at 5' 4 ¼".

As a team, the Storm men scored the second most points of six teams in the event while the women were third.

The teams are in action again next weekend at the Kent State University Golden Flash Gala Dec. 7-8.

-LEC-