PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Freshman Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) automatically qualified for the NCAA Division II championships in his first intercollegiate meet and sophomore Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) set a school record and had a pair of top-two finishes as the Lake Erie College track and field teams made an impressive debut in their indoor opener at the West Virginia University Holiday Classic in Morgantown, W. Va. on Saturday (Dec. 4).
Dudley became the first Storm high jumper to clear seven feet, winning the event by clearing 7' ½" and reaching the automatic qualification standards for the NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., in March. He's the first LEC athlete to automatically qualify for the indoor championships.
Burrows, meanwhile, picked up right where he left off last season when he earned All-American honors at the Outdoor Championships. He won the 200-meter dash in 22.34 seconds and took second in the 60-meters, running a school-record time of 6.99 seconds.
He also teamed with classmates Quinton Harley (Rochester, N.Y./Edison Tech), Isaac Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) and Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) to win the men's 4x400-meter relay in 3:23.35.
A trio of other records were set on the men's side. Sophomore Eric Klucar (Medina, Ohio/Highland) cleared 14' 9" in the pole vault to set a school mark while freshman Isaac Reid (East Stroudsburg, Pa./East Stroudsburg) leapt an impresive 45' 3" in the triple jump and 20' 11 3/4" in the long jump.
On the women's side, junior Kaitlyne Perrill (Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley) placed third in the 60-meter hurdles (9.30 seconds) and sophomore Whitney Johnson (Oakwood Village, Ohio/Bedford) ran fifth in the 200 (26.82).
Junior Alex Ardo (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and freshman Taylor Williams (Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) set school records in the triple jump (33' 6 ¾") and shot put (34' 6 ¾"), respectively.
"Overall, I thought we had a pretty good day considering we were really trying to get our feet wet today and run competitively for the first time," said head coach Bryan Harmon. "I think this was a good start and we're looking forward o next weekend."
The Storm is in action again next weekend, Dec. 10-11, at the Kent State University Golden Flash Gala in Kent, Ohio.