GENEVA, OHIO – Junior All-American Isaac Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) and freshman Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili) strengthened their NCAA national meet aspirations with strong performances for the Lake Erie College track and field teams Saturday (Feb. 4) at the Division II Team Challenge at SPIRE Institute.
The Storm men placed 13th out of 22 teams while the women tied for 17th among 21 of the region's top Division II squads.
Snyder crept closer to the 5,000-point mark in the heptathlon, winning the mult-ievent competition with 4,953 points. That total is 10 points better than his previous best and school record and was 357 points ahead of the runner-up, Edinboro University's Kyle Maio. Snmyder won the pole vault, 1,000 meters and 60-meter hurdles portions of the heptathlon and finished second in the high jump. It is also the sixth highest total nationally to date and second best in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
First-year horizontal jumper Postwaite continued the impressive start to his college career, leaping 48' ½" to win the triple jump in school record-breaking fashion. It also bumped him up from 12th to eighth on the national performance list.
Both have already qualified provisionally for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships March 9-10 in Mankato, Minn.
Junior Eric Klucar (Medina, Ohio/Highland) had a strong day in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 15' 6 ½" to place third.
On the women's side, freshman jumper Brandy Notrum (Tarentum, Pa./Highlands) also performed well in the triple jump, landing at 35' 3" to place sixth and set a school record. Classmate Destiny Prusky (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) also took sixth in the high jump, clearing 5' 2 ¼".
Junior Samantha Smith (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) set a school record in the 400-meters, finishing in 1:01.3 8. In successive weeks she has set Lake Erie marks in the 800-, 600-, and now 400-meter races.
The only other top-10 finish for the Storm on the day was sophomore Taylor Williams (Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) in the weight throw. She placed ninth with a heave of 47' 3 ¾".
Lake Erie is next in action on Friday, Feb. 10, at the annual Baldwin-Wallace College Mid-February Meet in Berea, Ohio.