ALLENDALE, MICH. – Sophomore Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili) won his third career Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference individual event championship to lead the Lake Erie College men's track and field team to a sixth place finish at the 2013 GLIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships which concluded Sunday (Feb. 24) at Grand Valley State University.
The Storm men totaled 40 points at the meet to finish in the top half of the team standings. The women, who had a pair of place winners on Sunday, tied for 10th place overall with 13 points.
Postwaite, the 2012 GLIAC Outdoor triple jump and long jump champion, added to his trophy case by winning the triple jump with relative ease. His first jump (14.98 meters) was better than any other contestant and his winning jump of 15.11 meters (49' 7") was over half-a-meter farther than runner-up Tendo Lukwago of Grand Valley.
In addition to winning the triple jump, Postwaite placed in both the long jump and high jump the previous day and has the second best triple jump in Division II this season. Those accomplishments earned him a share of the Regional Field Athlete of the Year award. Ashland University's Garrett Gray was the other co-recipient.
The Storm earned four other top-eight finishes on Sunday. Redshirt freshman Jarrod Edwards (Riverview, Fla./Riverview) placed fourth in the 60-meter dash, crossing the finish line in just 6.95 seconds. Freshman Keith Hemphill (Warrensvile Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Central Catholic) took sixth in the 400-meters (48.39 seconds) and redshirt junior All-American Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) was seventh in the 60-meter hurdles (8.32 seconds).
The women were led by sophomores Destiny Prusky (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) and Ariana Jorgensen (Kleinburg, Ontario/Emily Carr Secondary). Prusky took third place in the high jump, tying her own indoor school record at 1.66 meters (5' 5 ¼"). Jorgensen placed fifth in the 60-meter hurdles, running a personal best and provisional qualifying time of 8.83 seconds.
Next up for select members of the Storm is the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Division II Winter Sports Festival in Birmingham, Ala. March 7-9.