PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Freshmen Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) finished eighth in the men's 200-meter dash and classmate Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Local) was seventh in the 400-meter hurdle finals Saturday night (May 29) at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Charlotte, N.C. to become the first track and field All-Americans in Lake Erie College history.
Burrows time of 21.31 seconds was just .03 off his school-record personal best while Snyder recorded a time of 51.96, which was a bit of his qualifying time of 51.67 from Thursday.
By reaching the finals and finishing in the top eight, both Burrows and Snyder earned All-American status. They are the first Lake Erie athletes in any sport to earn that recognition at the Division II level and the first two in the three-year history of the track and field program.
“Chris and Ethan earning All-American status is very exciting for them individually and for our program as a whole,” said head coach Bryan Harmon. “Doing it in their first year of running at the college level, for such a young program, is very special and we look forward to them reaching greater heights in the years to come.”
The pair earned three team points, placing Lake Erie in a three-way tie for 52nd place among the 63 competing schools. St. Augustine's College won the team title.