2017 Cross Country Team

Front Row: Stephen Mandek (manager), Emily Biltz, Gabrielle Post, Nathaniel Stumph, Claire Bickley, Heather Wigton.  Back Row: Hannah Weible (asst coach), Jaime Irizarry, Micah Swartz, Jacob Kelley, Zach Hass, Phillip Miranda.  Missing: Kevin Jordan.

Head Coach: Jim Powers
Phone: (440) 366-7652

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Schedules and Results 

2018 LCCC Cross Country Schedule

2017 LCCC Cross Country Schedule

News & Announcements

LCCC’s Post, Swartz Named OCCAC Scholar-Athletes of the Year; Kelley Named to All-Sportsmanship Team

by Ken Hoffman
Three Lorain County Community College cross country student-athletes have earned Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) recognition.  Cross country runner Micah Swartz (Lakewood/Lakewood) is the male recipient of the Scholar-Athlete of the Year recognition for the 2017-18 school year while fellow Commodore cross country representative, Gabrielle Post (Avon Lake/Avon Lake) and Erika Angstmann of Owens volleyball shared co-female distinction after a tie in voting from the conference committee.
Cross country runner Jacob Kelley (Amherst/Steele) was named to the OCCAC All-Sportsmanship Team:

Micah Swartz

MICAH SWARTZ | OCCAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Swartz took home the Region 12 D-III cross country individual championship while knocking out a 4.0 GPA and grabbing several academic awards along the way. He was recognized as the Jack Zagrans Award recipient, given to the LCCC male student-athlete who best displays sportsmanship, athletic ability and academic success. Swartz is also a major factor in his local community, volunteering his time at a boys leadership academy and his church. 

GABRIELLE POST | OCCAC co-Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Post garnered a 4.0 GPA while serving as Lorain County’s top runner all season, earning All-Region 12 honors and placing 19th nationally at the NJCAA D-III National Championship meet. Her top-20 individual performance lifted the Commodores to a fifth-place team showing, the highest in program history. The George M. Day Award winner – presented annually to the LCCC female student-athlete who best displays sportsmanship, athletic ability and academic success – is also very involved in the community helping out at a local dance academy and her church. 
Gabrielle Post
Gabrielle Post, Cross Country, Avon Lake


2017-18 OCCAC ALL-SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM (four members)

Alec Holtrey, Sinclair CC basketball (Male Sportsmanship of the Year honoree)
Jazzlyn Petry, Sinclair CC softball (Female Sportsmanship of the Year honoree)
Garett Robberts, Cuyahoga CC baseball 

Jacob Kelley, LCCC cross country

Jacob Kelley

Coach Jim Powers calls Kelley “the hardest working individual I have ever coached.”  His dedication and hard work was an example for others on the team to follow.  Jacob was also a tremendous asset as a team leader. He was the team spokesman, brought the group together during bus rides, kept the team together and in good spirits on trips. He also volunteered with his church youth group.

LCCC Cross Country Runner, Phillip Miranda, Accepted at West Point 

by Ken Hoffman
Phillip Miranda (LaGrange, OH), a sophomore cross country runner at Lorain County Community College, was officially accepted at West Point (Army) on Monday, March 26.  Miranda owns a 4.0 grade-point-average and received Academic All-America honors this fall from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
“Phil is a very focused and determined young man,” Head Cross Country Coach Jim Powers said.
“This has been his plan from the time he entered LCCC,  It was a lengthy process.  He needed letters of recommendation, went through interviews and met with his Congressman,” Powers added.
Miranda received his official notification in a letter signed by West Point Superintendent, Lt. General Robert Caslen.  West Point receives an annual average of approximately 11,000 male applicants and 2,000 female applicants. About 8.5% (1100) are admitted.  Approximately 40 of the new plebes are coming from Ohio (approximately 3.5% of the 2018-19 class).
“I was very excited when I received the notification,” Miranda said.  “This has been my goal.  I hope to study either Defense Study or Kinesiology,” he added.
Phil reports to West Point in the beginning of July.  He will also participate in cross country (fall) and track (spring). 

Both LCCC Cross Country Teams Win Scholar All-America Honors Along With Seven Individual Runners

by Ken Hoffman
February 9, 2018 — Seven members of the Lorain County Community College varsity cross country teams earned Scholar All America status through the NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association for their academic success during the Fall 2017 semester. Congratulations to the following for earning this honor with GPA’s (grade-point-averages) of 3.4 or higher:
Gabrielle Post (Avon Lake/Avon Lake) 
Heather Wigton (Amherst/Steele)
Claire Bickley Avon/Avon)
Emily Biltz (Sheffield Lake/Brookside)
Micah Swartz (Lakewood/Lakewood)
Phillip Miranda (Lagrange, OH)
Jacob Kelley (Amherst/Steele)
In addition, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams earned Scholar All American Team recognition for overall team grade point averages of 3.2 or higher. 
The women’s team placed 5th in the nation at the NJCAA D-III national meet in the fall; the highest finish in LCCC history.

LCCC Women’s Cross Country Team Finishes Highest-Ever Fifth at NJCAA Nationals, Division III Meet

Women's Cross Country Team at Nationals
by Ken Hoffman

November 4, 2017 — The Lorain County Community College cross country teams competed in the biggest National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Meet ever and the women’s team finished 5th in the nation, the highest finish in LCCC cross country history.

With 135 runners representing 40 schools, the Lady Commodores picked the right time to peak, as five of the six women ran their fastest 5K times of the season.  LCCC was led by freshman Gabrielle Post, finishing nineteenth in 20:48.  Sophomore Heather Wigton ran thirty-sixth in 21:39.
“It was just a phenomenal performance,” Head Coach Jim Powers stated. “I knew we had a shot at a high finish, but they exceeded all expectations,” Powers said proudly.
The men’s cross country team finished the five-mile race in twenty-third out of 29 full teams.  There were 203 runners representing 46 schools.  Freshman Micah Swartz paced LCCC in sixty-sixth place with a time of 29:20. 

LCCC Women Capture NJCAA Region 12 Cross Country Title; Men Finish Second; 10-28-17


by Ken  Hoffman, Sports Information Director

The Lorain County Community College Women’s Cross Country Team came home today as NJCAA Region 12 Champion, while the men’s team finished second to Columbus State on October 28 in Lansing, Michigan.

Freshman Gabrielle Post ran second among Division III runners and earned All-Region honors in a personal best time of 21:08, just four seconds out of first place.  Sophomore Heather Wigton was right behind in third place and also earned All-Region honors in a personal best 21:41.  All six women runners turned in personal best times and all six ran among the top 10 finishers.

The men’s team was led by freshman Micah Swartz who became the individual champion in the Region 12 DIII race, earning All-Region accolades in a personal best 27:46.  Six of the seven runners clocked personal best times and four of the seven runners finished in the top 10.

“We are in the best shape of the season with nationals coming up next week,” Head Coach Jim Powers noted.  “It was awesome watching our runners fight for every second this week,” Powers added.

Women were the DIII champions; also 7th overall out of 10 teams including DI teams

Gabrielle Post                    21:08 (season best time)  2nd place in DIII – all regional team, missed first place by 4 seconds

Heather Wigton                21:41 (season best)             3rd place in DIII – all regional team

Claire Bickley                     22:14 (season best)           6th place in DIII

Anna Zemanek                  25:10 (season best)            7th place in DIII

Emily Biltz                           25:18 (season best)           8th place in DIII

Emma Roth                        29:01 (season best)            9th place in DIII

Men finished second to Columbus State in DIII, 11th out of 11 teams overall in, including DI teams

Micah Swartz                     27:46 (season best)                         1st place in DIII – all regional team

Zachery Hass                     31:48 (season best)                         7th place in DIII

Phillip Miranda                  31:52 (season best)                           8th place in DIII

Jaime Irizarry                     32:11 (season best)                         10th place in DIII

Nathaniel Stumph             32:18 (season best)                          11th place in DIII

Kevin Jordan                      33:45 (season best)                         14th place in DIII

Jacob Kelley                       46:46                                                 15th place in DIII

The men and women will compete in the NJCAA DIII National Championship Meet in Holyoke Massachusetts on Saturday November 4.

LCCC Cross Country Teams Compete at Oberlin Invitational – 10/14/17

Commodore Invite Ladies Start

by Ken Hoffman, Sports Information Director

The Lorain County Community College cross country teams competed in the Oberlin College Invitational on a sunny and warm Saturday afternoon. There were 128 runners in the Open men’s 8K race and 110 runners in the Open women’s 6K run.  

Freshman Micah Swartz led the Commodore men’s team, finishing 24th with a personal best 28:13. Three other Commodores turned in personal bests.  Nathaniel Stumph was 107th in 32:22.  Zachery Hess finished 115th in 32:56 and Jacob Kelly was 128th in 43:23. 

The LCCC women’s team was paced by freshman Gabrielle Post, turning in a personal best 6K time of 25:58, good for 23rd place.  Sophomore Heather Wigton finished just 24 seconds later in a time of 26:22 and in 34th place.

The women also turned in three other personal best times. Freshmen Claire Bickley ran 67th in 28:46; Emily Biltz finished 100th in 32:51 and Emma Roth was 107th in a time of 36:44.

“I was very impressed with how we have a full out effort in this race,” Coach Jim Powers stated.  “Everyone stayed focused and did what they could for the team. We are looking forward to Regional Tournament in two weeks (Oct. 28),” Powers noted.

Men 8K Open Race (128 runners)

Micah Swartz                     24th place           28:13
Nathaniel Stumph            107th place         32:22
Zachery Hass                     115th place         32:51 
Kevin Jordan                      122nd Place        35:00
Jaime Irizarry                     124th Place         35:47
Jacob Kelley                       128th place          43:23

Women 6K Open Race (110 runners)

Gabrielle Post                     23rd place       25:58
Heather Wigton                 34th place        26:22
Claire Bickley                      67th place        28:46
Emily Biltz                           100th place      32:51
Emma Roth                        107th place      36:44

All-Ohio Championships – 9/29/17

Micah Swartz

by Ken Hoffman, LCCC Sports Information Director

The Lorain County Community College cross country teams competed in the All-Ohio Championships at Cedarville University on Friday afternoon, Sept. 29. The All-Ohio meet includes National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) divisions (D-I, D-II, DIII), National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) divisions (D-I, D-II, D-III) and some NAIA schools.

The LCCC men’s team competes in the NJCAA D-III and tied Columbus State, their main D-III regional opponent.  However, Columbus State won the tiebreaker.  The two teams will meet again at the NJCAA Region 12 meet later this season. 

Overall, the men finished 37th of 38 teams.  LCCC and Columbus State were the only two-year colleges entering full teams.

Sophomore Micah Swartz led the LCCC squad once again, finishing the 8K course in 28:53.

The LCCC women’s team was paced by freshman Gabrielle Post, turning in a 6K time of 26:45.  Sophomore Heather Wigton finished just 27 seconds later in a time of 27:12. LCCC finished 38th of 40 teams, and was the only two-year college entering a full women’s team.

“It was a great experience for our young team to run at the All-Ohio Championships,’ Coach Jim Powers noted.  “There were over 50 colleges and universities represented.

“Five of our 12 runners surpassed the goals we set for this race, which was encouraging, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us,” Powers added.

The harriers’ next competition will be Oct. 14 at Oberlin College Invitational at noon.

Men 8K (325 runners)

Micah Swartz                     230th place           28:53
Zachery Hass                     298th place           33:04
Nathaniel Stumph            301st place            33:29
Phillip Miranda                  305th place           33:42
Kevin Jordan                      307thplace             34:47
Jaime Irizarry                     311th place            36:53 
Jacob Kelley                       322nd place           44:35

Women 6K (343 runners)

Gabrielle Post                     268th place        26:45
Heather Wigton                 281st place         27:12
Claire Bickley                     306th place         28:49
Emily Biltz                           324th place        33:27
Emma Roth                        343rd place        42:06

Commodore Invitational – 9/22/17

Gabrielle Post

By Ken Hoffman, Sports Information Director

The Lorain County Community College Men’s Cross Country team hosted St. Clair County Community College this afternoon on the LCCC course and dropped a close 27-29 decision. The team was led by freshman Micah Swartz who finished first among all runners in a time of 30:12.02.

“I run better in the heat”,Swartz noted of the temperature in the high 80’s. Nathan Stumph finished 5th overall in 34:45.77 and Phillip Miranda also finished in the top 6 with a time of 35:28.28.

“This year we have a brand new team,” Coach Jim Powers stated.  “The high school boys are used to running 5K, so we’re just learning to pace ourselves.  I think this team can produce five runners all running the 8K in around 30-minutes.”

Swartz agreed with that assessment. “We are getting stronger as the season goes on.  Our big races are still ahead of us,” Swartz added.  “I think the cooler weather and flatter courses will help bring down our times as a team.”

Brandon Hughes led St. Clair CCC finishing more than a minute behind Swartz with a time of 31:15.64. 

The LCCC Women’s Cross Country Team finished 2nd to Cuyahoga Community College — 17-44 — and ahead of St. Clair CCC which did not field a complete team.

The LCCC women were paced by freshman Gabrielle Post and sophomore Heather Wigton, placing 5th and 6th, respectively, with times of 22:41.83 and 22:59.41

“I’m really proud of the women’s team,” Powers said. “”Two of our runners just joined the team today (Anna Zemanek and Emma Roth).  They were just thrown into it and they finished the race on a day like this (high 80’s).

The next cross country action for both the men and women will be next Friday, Sept. 29 at the All-Ohio Championships at Cedarville University at 2 p.m.

Men 8K (13 runners)

Micah Swartz                     1st place               30:12
Nathaniel Stumph            5th place               34:45
Phillip Miranda                  6th place               35:28
Zachery Hass                     8th place               37:21
Kevin Jordan                      9th place                38:07
Jaime Irizarry                     10th place              40:30 
Jacob Kelley                       13th place              49:09

Women 5K (18 runners)

Gabrielle Post                    5th place            22:41
Heather Wigton                 6th place            22:59
Claire Bickley                     14th place          24:45
Anna Zamanek                  16th place          28:04
Emily Biltz                           17th place          29:18
Emma Roth                        18th place          37:38

Penn State Behrend Invitational – 9/15/17


The Lorain County Community College Commodores competed at the Penn State Behrend Cross Country Invitational on Friday September 15th. The men finished 7th out of 8 full teams. Four of the seven men set personal bests at the meet. The women did not field a full team. LCCC will host the Commodore Invitational Meet on Friday September 22 at 4 pm. 

Men 8K (87 runners)

Micah Swartz                     31st place             29:15
Phillip Miranda                  61st place             33:02
Nathaniel Stumph             66th place            33:41
Zachery Hass                      67th place            33:43
Jaime Irizarry                     71st place             35:22
Kevin Jordan                      73rd place             35:44
Jacob Kelley                       85th place             44:48

Women 5K (94 runners)

Gabrielle Post                    46th place            22:43
Heather Wigton                53rd place            23:06
Claire Bickley                     56th place            23:11
Emily Biltz                           85th place            28:19


Bruce Bridgman Invitational – 9/9/17


The Lorain County Community College Commodores competed in the Bruce Bridgman Invitational hosted by Finger Lakes Community College on Saturday, September 9th. The men came in 6th out of 6 teams, but were only 15 points out of 3rd place in a tight race on a hilly course. The women did not field a full team in the 5K race, but had a very good showing against both NJCAA and NCAA schools. The team travels Friday to Penn State Behrend.

Men 8K (58 runners)

Micah Swartz                     13th place            31:38
Nathaniel Stumph             26th place            34:08
Jaime Irizarry                     32nd place            35:18
Zachery Hass                     33rd place             35:27
Phillip Miranda                  34th place            35:40
Kevin Jordan                      41st place             37:40
Jacob Kelley                       58th place             50:00

Women 5K   (38 runners)

Gabrielle Post                    11th place            22:31
Claire Bickley                     14th place            23:01
Heather Wigton                16th place            23:53
Emily Biltz                           30th place           27:36