PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College head track and field coach Bryan Harmon announced his incoming recruiting class for men's team for the 2011-12 year on Wednesday (Aug. 18). Six student-athletes will join the Storm beginning with the indoor season in early December.
"This is a very talented group that will help us enhance our program in a number of areas," Harmon said. "All six have a chance to make an immediate impact."
Despite only running two years of high school track, sprinter Jarrod Edwards (Riverview, Fla./Riverview) was a state qualifier in the 100-meter dash as a senior and is expected to come in and compete in the short sprints and for a spot on the 4x100-meter relay.
"Jarrod has a lot of upside," noted Harmon. "He still has some learning to do and a lot of room to grow as a sprinter. But he is naturally talented and his raw speed should make his development much easier."
The Storm scored well in the high hurdles at both the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor and Outdoor Championships last year and that unit will be bolstered with the addition of Dakoda Walker (Erie, Pa./McDowell). Walker was a two-time indoor national qualifier in high school in both the 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash and was an all-region outdoor performer in multiple events. In addition to the hurdle events, Harmon feels he could be a candidate to contribute in the short indoor sprints and challenge for a spot on the 4x100 squad.
All-American Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) gave the Storm a presence in the jumps it had never had before last season. This year, Lake Erie has added a trio of leapers that will enhance the horizontal jumps and add depth to the high jump and multi-event competitions.
Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili) is a threat in a number of areas, with impressive personal bests in the high jump (6-9), long jump (22-8) and triple jump (47-3). A late addition to the class, Javonie Rose (Minersville, Pa./Minersville) is a versatile 6-5, 205-pound performer who is expected to have early conference scoring opportunities in the long jump and the triple jump. The third jumper in the class, Billy McGuire (Middletown, Ohio/Madison), was a state qualifier in 2010 in the long jump.
"This was an area we concentrated heavily on in our recruiting," Harmon said. "With the group we have now, we expect big things. There will be a lot of competition and hopefully these guys will all push themselves. Joe is a threat in a lot of different areas and will provide us a dimension we've not had before. Javonie can do a lot of things well and both could have a future in the heptathlon and decathlon while Billy is going to come in and add depth and strength to our group."
Another focal point, the throws program, was bolstered with the addition of Sean Stone (Ravenna, Ohio/Southeast). Stone won the conference championship in the shot put and was a regional qualifier in both the shot and discus throw.
"Sean will add depth to our growing throws program," added Harmon. "He's a big, strong kid who should see vast improvements in his performance with the opportunity to have year-round college coaching."
A year ago, the Storm men placed fifth in both the indoor and outdoor GLIAC meets and made a mark nationally with strong performances at the Division II Track and Field Championships. After finishing 16th at the indoor nationals, Lake Erie tied for 14th at the outdoor meet and totaled 10 All-American honors during the 2011 season.
"I think our team's performance last year helped our recruiting dramatically, and it's evident by the quality athletes in this class" Harmon said. "Lake Erie track and field has a name nationally now and we're going to continue to be aggressive in growing our program by targeting quality kids."