ASHLAND, OHIO – The league's best high jumper also proved to be the best long jumper, too, as junior All-American Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) had a dominating day, winning both events on the second day of the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday (May 2) at Ashland University.
Competing in the long jump for just the second time in his college career, Dudley jumped 23' 11 ¾" (7.31 meters) on his second attempt, reaching the NCAA Division II provisional standard, setting a school record and picking up 10 team points. Sophomore All-American Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili) took eighth in the event, jumping 22' 9 ¾".
Later in the day Dudley took to the stage for his marquee event. After clearing 2.15 meters on his first attempt at that height to clinch first place, he upped the bar to 2.21 meters, clearing that on his third try to set a GLIAC Championship Meet record at 7' 3". That height was also a season best for Dudley and improved his NCAA qualifying position to second nationally.
Postwaite finished sixth in the high jump, giving the Storm men 24 points in those two events. Overall, the Storm men have picked up 30 points in seven scored events and are currently third. The other six points on the day came from freshman Zack Soyring (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon McMillan) in the javelin. His season-best throw of 185' 10" (56.65 m) on his final attempt was good for third place, moving him up from sixth.
The women are seventh with 12 points, picking up three fifth-place finishes in the field events. Freshman Brittany MacRae (Runnemede, N.J./Triton Regional) posted a throw of 111' 11" (34.12 m) in the javelin to score the first points ever at the conference meet for the Storm women in the throwing events. Also picking up fifth-place finishes were senior all-conference long jumper Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick), who jumped a season-best 17' 11 ½" (5.47 m), and freshman Kady Held (Massillon, Ohio/Tuslaw), who went 142' 6" in the discus throw.
Freshman Kaitlyn Menges (New Philadelphia, Ohio/New Philadelphia) and sophomore David Bojalad (St. Mary's Pa./Elks County Catholic) just missed scoring points with ninth-place finishes in the women's discus and men's javelin throws, respectively.
On the track, Lake Erie had eight finals qualifying performances, four for each squad. Individually on the men's side, redshirt junior All-American Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) qualified fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.01 seconds and 10th in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.65 seconds. Both times were NCAA provisional marks. Freshman Keith Hemphill (Warrensville Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Central Catholic) qualified sixth in the 400-meters in an NCAA provisional time of 47.95 seconds.
Freshman Alicia Arnold (Lorain, Ohio/Lorain) will run in the finals in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, qualifying sixth in both events. Her time of 24.69 seconds in the 200 is a school record. She ran 12.22 seconds in the 100. Sophomore Ariana Jorgensen (Amherstburg, Ont./Emily Carr Secondary) qualified fifth in the 100-meter hurdles at 14.40 seconds.
Both the 4x100-meter relay teams qualified for the finals. The men's squad of redshirt freshman Jarrod Edwards (Riverview, Fla./Riverview) and freshmen Hemphill, Jacob DiCello (East Palestine, Ohio/East Palestine) and Shavon Thompson (St. Andrew, Jamaica/Ardenne) ran a season-best 41.66 seconds to qualify fourth.
The women's 4x100 team also ran a season-best time, qualifying fifth in 47.94 seconds. That team consists of Bednar, Jorgensen, Arnold and freshman Danielle Martin (Freeport, N.Y./Freeport).
The third and final day of the GLIAC Championships gets underway Friday, May 3, beginning at 10:45 a.m. at Ashland's Dwight Schar Athletic Complex and Ferguson Field.