ALLENDALE, Mich. – The Lake Erie College track and field team was in action today as they competed in day one of the Big Meet at Grand Valley State University. Head Coach Grant Lofdahl said "We had an all-around good day today and I'm very proud of everyone's effort".
The Lake Erie Storm women were led by Nadia Lee (Tucker, Ga. / Tucker) as she took third place and cleared a distance of 38 feet 10 inches, which is an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Danielle Corbin (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Walnut Grove (Ga.)) also had a solid day as she cleared 18 feet four inches in the women's long jump. The jump was an NCAA provisional mark, and earned her fourth place honors. Corbin also took fourth in the triple jump clearing a distance of 38 feet six inches, which is another NCAA provisional mark.
Coach Lofdahl said "Danielle had a heck of a day, getting provisional marks in both long and triple jump and a big PR in triple. Nadia had very consistent, solid day in triple with a season best".
The men were led by Jordan Pritchard (Painesville, Ohio / Lake Catholic) as he placed in the 800 meter run. He crossed the line in a time of 1:52.23 minutes, which set a school record and is an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Vincent Horning (Stow, Ohio / Stow) crossed the finish line in 4:11.39 minutes which is an NCAA provisional qualifying mark, and a new school record. DJ Graham (Gomer, Ohio / Columbus Grove) continued the strong performance for the Storm as he hit a NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 5000 meter run with a time of 14:44.94 minutes. His time is also a personal best and a new school record.
Coach Lofdahl added "DJ ran a gutsy 5K race, leading the pack for quite a few laps and held on for a PR. Vince ran a tremendous last 400 meters and nearly won his heat of the mile, and Jordan went from last to first in a wild heat of the 800. All three of them set school records at this meet last year, so it was great to do that again and run much faster".
Lake Erie will return to the track tomorrow as they wrap up their competition at the Big Meet.