Storm Prepped for D-II Challenge (Preview)

Storm Prepped for D-II Challenge (Preview)

PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College track and field team is prepped for the Division II Challenge held at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio this Friday and Saturday (Feb. 7-8). 

This year's field features 19 teams, including 2013 Indoor and Outdoor Women's National Champions the Academy of Art University from California.

The heptathlon and pentathlon kick-off the events Friday at 2 p.m. where All-American Isaac Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) makes his season debut in the heptathlon.

The meet starts Saturday morning at 8 a.m.  For live results of the event, click here.

"The meet should be full of great competition from all over the country," said Interim Head Coach Ryan Rademacher.  "Several GLIAC teams will be present along with some of the top schools in the nation in division II track and field. We have had a great week of practice and are ready to get some more national qualifying marks!"

Several members of the Storm team have reached provisional marks for the 2014 Indoor National Championship. On the men's side, 2012 Outdoor National Champions Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon), Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili) and JoCari Beattie (Louisville, Ky./Eastern) have all hit provisional marks in the high jump.  Postwaite, a two-time All-American, has also hit a provisional mark in the triple jump.  Three-time All-American Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) has hit a provisional mark in the 60m hurdles and has also hit a provisional mark in the 400m dash along with teammate Keith Hemphill (Warrensville Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Central Catholic).   Both Snyder and Hemphill have top-15 national times in the 400. 

For the women, Ariana Jorgensen (Kleinburg, Ont./Emily Carr Secondary) has set a new Lake Erie record in the 60H last weekend with a time of 8.75, a provisional mark.  2013 Outdoor National Qualifier Destiny Prusky (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) looks to improve her provisional mark in the high jump.

-LEC-