CANTON, Ohio – The Lake Erie College track and field team was in action today as they competed at the Walsh Invitational.
The Storm women were led by Nadia Lee (Tucker, Ga. / Tucker) as she won the triple jump, clearing a distance of 12.25 meters (40 feet 2 inches). The triple jump for Lee was a personal best and hit a NCAA provisional mark. Lee also won the long jump with a distance of 5.58 meters (18 feet 3 inches). Danielle Corbin (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Walnut Grove (Ga.)) placed second in the long jump clearing a distance of 5.52 meters (18 feet 1 inch). Josie Chaddock (Minerva, Ohio / Minerva) added to the winning ways for the Storm as she won the high jump clearing a height of 1.59 meets (5 feet two inches). Brenda Johnson (Bellefontaine, Ohio / Bellefontaine) added to the strong Storm performance as she took third in the shot put with a throw of 13.27 meters(43 feet 6 nches), which is a personal best. Johanna Moeller (Bochum, Germany / Schiller-Schule Gymnasium Furjungen Und Madchen) added a third place finish in the 100 meter hurdles as she crossed the line in a time of 15.35 seconds.
Head Coach Grant Lofdahl said "The biggest highlight was Nadia's triple jump. She had a 12.01 on her second to last jump, which is excellent for the regular season. Then she just crushed her last jump with a lifetime PR of 12.25 meters, just over 40 feet. She's put an incredible amount of work into our program and it was gratifying to see her throw down a huge mark like that".
The Storm men were led by DJ Graham (Gomer, Ohio / Columbus Grove) as he took first place in the 10000 meter run yesterday in a time of 30:24 minutes. The mark set by Graham is a personal best, school record, and a NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Christopher Vogel (Kirchberg, Germany / Sportgymnasium Chemnitz) took first place for the Storm in the triple jump as he cleared a distance of 13.37 meters (45 feet). Coach Lofdahl added " DJ came back with a tremendous 10K. He broke the school record (and his old PR) by 72 seconds, and his time of 30:24 would have been just outside the top-10 in D2 going into the weekend".
"If we can have the effort and the focus at the GLIAC meet that we showed this weekend, when we're tapered and ready to peak, we can do some really good things. I'm excited about the next few weeks, we have an opportunity to finish this season really strong" said coach Lofdahl.
Lake Erie will return to the track next weekend when they compete in the Sparky Adams Invitational.