Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Historic times for Lake Erie College athletics

Lake Erie College is reveling in the best weekend in its Division II history.

The Storm produced six NCAA Division II All-Americans in three different sports last weekend, including the first two-time national champ in school history.  

Senior Jamil Dudley further solidified his place in school history by winning the high jump at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Winston Salem, N.C. Dudley cleared 7 feet, 1 inches. The Massillon native also won the 2012 NCAA outdoor title in his specialty. Dudley is now a seven-time All-American.

The Storm almost returned from North Carolina with two national champs. Junior Joe Postwaite finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 51-6 1/4.  St. Augustine's DeJon Wilkinson won the title by jumping 51-10.

Dudley and Postwaite led the Storm to a school-record ninth-place finish in the team standings. The finish was the highest in school history at an NCAA Division II championship.

Closer to home, LEC produced two wrestling All-Americans for the first time in school history, as senior 157-pounder Zak Vargo and freshman 197-pounder Evan Rosborough placed fifth and eighth, respectively, during the NCAA Division II Championships at Public Auditorium in Cleveland. The duo helped the Storm finish 25th in the team standings. Rosborough, a Riverside graduate, will enter next season as an NCAA title contender.

Even closer to campus, senior Julian Milinkovskyi became a two-time All-American in the same swimming meet. Milinkovskyi finished sixth in the 200 breaststroke and eighth in the 400 individual medley during the NCAA Division II Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at SPIRE Institute in Geneva. Milinkovskyi led the Storm to a 24th-place finish.

LEC produced All-Americans in three sports for a third straight winter. But when winter championship season begins next March, LEC athletes will have a difficult act to follow.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy

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