2018 Cross Country Team

2018 Cross Country Team

Front Row: Jeremy Burnside, Samantha Glass, Gabrielle Post, Nathaniel Stumph, Alexis Cozart, Emily Biltz . Back Row: Jim Powers (head coach), Micah Swartz, Luke Lengel, Justin Below, Jacob Kelley, Luis Ramos, Stephen Mendak, Ian Hamilton.  Missing: Vicki Guggenbiller (assistant coach).

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


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Schedules and Results

2018 LCCC Cross Country Schedule

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News & Announcements

LCCC Cross Country Teams Earn NJCAA Academic Honors

2018 Cross Country Team

February 14, 2019 – – The academic honors keeping rolling in for the Lorain County Community College Cross Country teams, as both the Men’s and Women’s teams earned NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association’s “Cross Country Scholar All-American Team” status for the Fall 2018 Season.

Men’s CC team members earned an impressive 3.63 G.P.A. and the Women’s Team carried a 3.54 G.P.A. for the Fall 2018 Semester. This is the third time the Commodore Men’s team has been honored – earning the honors in 2017 and 2014. The Women’s team earned back to back academic awards, as they were also recognized for their achievements in the classroom in the 2017 season.

Cross Country team members earning “Scholar All-American” status for Fall of 2018 are:

Men’s Team: Justin Below (Lorain/Brookside); Jacob Kelley (Amherst/Amherst Steele); Nathaniel Stumph (North Olmsted); and Micah Swartz (Lakewood).

Women’s Team: Alexis Cozart (Elyria); Samantha Glass (Sheffield Lake/Brookside); Gabrielle Post (Avon Lake).

Two team members have already signed on to further their academic and running careers at four-year schools. Swartz will be competing for the University of Toledo and Post has signed a national letter of intent to continue her career at Ursuline College.

LCCC Head Coach Jim Powers, is incredibly proud of his teams, stating, “For our student-athletes to achieve this level of success, it just shows their dedication to both academics and their sport. Our athletes hold jobs, handle a full-time academic schedule, plus training and meets during the season, which is impressive on its own…all while maintaining a high G.P.A.s.”

Congratulations to both teams and all the athletes for their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom!

LCCC’s Post and Swartz to Continue Collegiate Running Careers


By Shelly Miller, LCCC SID

January 14, 2019 — Lorain County Community College Cross Country runners, Gabrielle Post (Avon Lake) and Micah Swartz (Lakewood), have decided to continue their collegiate running careers at four-year institutions. 

Post, a two-time All-Region 12 selection and two-time NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association Academic All-American Scholar, signed her national letter of intent to run for Ursuline College.

The number one runner on LCCC’s women’s team brought home a 19th place finish at the NJCAA DIII National Championships in 2017, leading her team to a school best 5th place finish at Nationals. Post placed 26th in the 2018 Nationals, again leading her team to a strong 8th place finish. 

Swartz, who earned All-American Honors in 2018, with a 9th place finish at NJCAA Men’s Nationals, will continue his education and running career at Toledo next season. Like Post, Swartz was a two-time All-Region 12 selection, as well as a two-time NJCAA Academic All-American.

Coach Jim Powers said “I am so proud of both Gabrielle and Micah and what they have accomplished here as student-athletes at Lorain County Community College. It is exciting news for us that they will be continuing their journey as students and athletes. They have elevated our program here at LCCC, and I am thankful to them for their dedication, hard work and leadership these past two years. No matter where else the road takes them, they will always be Commodores!”


LCCC Lady Commodores Finish 8th Overall; Swartz Earns All-American Honors

Micah Swartz

By Jim Powers

The Lorain County Community College Commodores competed in the NJCAA DIII Cross Country National Championship Meet in Westfield, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

The women’s team finished 8th overall, the third time in eight years that LCCC has had a top 10 finish at nationals. Gabrielle Post (Avon Lake) again led the Commodores, finishing in 26th place on a wet, muddy, rainy, windy day.

The men finished 18th overall in a very competitive field –  the men were only 36 points out of 10th place. Micah Swartz (Lakewood) finished 9th overall to earn All American honors for Lorain County Community College.

Women 5K (125 runners)

Gabrielle Post                   26th place            21:56
Samantha Glass               43rd place            22:40
Alexis Cozart                     72nd place            24:41
Emily Biltz                          97th place            26:22
Emma Horoschak             109th place          27:59 

Men 8K (176 runners)

Micha Swartz                    9th place              27:53
Jeremy Burnside              66th place            30:22
Justin Below                      112th place          32:45
Nathaniel Stumph            113th place          32:55
Luke Lengel                       114th place          32:56
Ian Hamilton                      131st place          34:10
Stephen Mendak              157th place          37:33    


Cross Country Harriers Compete at Oberlin Interregional Rumble Meet

Micah Swartz

By Jim Powers

The Lorain County Community College Commodores competed at the Oberlin College Interregional Rumble Cross Country meet on Saturday, Oct. 14. The men finished 26th out of 27 teams, the women did not field a complete team this week.

Gabrielle Post (Avon Lake) again led the Commodore women, finishing the 6K course in 26:24, good for 206th place out of 313 runners. On the men’s side, Micah Swartz (Lakewood) finished the 8K course in 28:04, which landed him in 120th place out of 308 runners. Five of LCCC’s eight runners on the men’s team set season best times in the race. With the regular season now complete, the Commodores now turn their attention to the  NJCAA DIII Region 12 Meet to be held in Lansing Michigan on Saturday October 27.

Women 6K (313 runners)

Gabrielle Post                   206th place          26:24
Samantha Glass                247th place         27:19
Alexis Cozart                     299th place          30:47
Emily Biltz                          307th place          32:07

Men 8K (308 runners)

Micah Swartz                    120th place          28:04 – season best
Justin Below                      280th place          32:07 – season best
Nathaniel Stumph            292nd place         32:30
Luke Lengel                       294th place          33:33 – season best
Ian Hamilton                      298th place         34:10 – season best
Stephen Mendak              303rd place         38:29
Jacob Kelley                       307th place          42:31 – season best
Luis Ramos                        308th place          43:00    


LCCC Competes in All Ohio Collegiate Cross Country Championship hosted by University of Akron


By Jim Powers

The Lorain County Community College Commodores competed in the All Ohio Collegiate Cross Country Championship Meet held Saturday, September 29th . The meet was hosted by The University of Akron at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton, Ohio.

The men’s team finished 36th out of 39 full teams, while the women finished 37th out of 38 teams. The men were led by sophomore Micah Swartz (Lakewood/Lakewood), who completed the 8K course in 28:25, good for 214th place out of 324 runners. The women were paced by sophomore Gabrielle Post (Avon Lake/Avon Lake) who finished in 268th place out of 307 runners in the women’s 6K race with a time of 27:53.

The Commodores will be back on the trails October 13th at the Oberlin College Interregional Rumble.

Women 6K (307 runners)

Gabrielle Post                   268th place          27:53
Samantha Glass               280th place          29:00
Alexis Cozart                     292nd place         30:55
Sabrina Knowlton             298th place          33:28
Emma Horoschak             302nd place         34:44
Emily Biltz                          303rd place          35:15

Men 8K (324 runners)

Micah Swartz                     214th place          28:25
Jeremy Burnside               274th place          30:47
Nathaniel Stumph            286th place          32:07
Justin Below                      290th place          32:50
Luke Lengel                       300th place          33:54
Ian Hamilton                     306th place          34:50
Stephen Mendak              316th place          37:14
Luis Ramos                        321st place          41:28
Jacob Kelley                       324th place          45:49                   


Cross Country Travels to Columbus for Invitational

Jeremy Burnside

By Jim Powers

The Lorain County Community College Commodores competed at the Columbus State Invitational on Saturday, September 22. The team ran against Capital University, Columbus State, Wilberforce and a Capital University Alumni team.

Both men and women ran a 5K. Capital University was the only complete Women’s team. Gabrielle Post led the way for the Commodore women, finishing with a season best 22:29 to place 4th overall. Jeremy Burnside was the top finisher for the men, covering the 5K distance in 18:39. The LCCC men finished 4th out of 5 teams with 89 points. Capital University won the Men’s race, totaling 37 points. The men and women will compete next at the All Ohio Collegiate Cross Country Championship Meet hosted by Akron University on Saturday September 29th.

Women 5K (18 finishers)

Gabrielle Post         4th place              22:29
Samantha Glass     8th place              23:12
Alexis Cozart          10th place            25:06
Emily Biltz               13th place            27:55

Men 5K (37 finishers)

Jeremy Burnside               14th place            18:39
Nathaniel Stumph            15th place            18:55
Luke Lengel                       21st place             19:30
Justin Below                      22nd place            19:39
Ian Hamilton                      29th place            21:08
Luis Ramos                        34th place            24:48
Jacob Kelley                       37th place            26:44


Cross Country Team Competes in Penn State Behrends Invitational

Gabrielle Post

The Lorain County Community College Commodore Cross Country team participated in the Penn State Behrend Invitational on Friday, September 14th. The Men’s team finished 7th out of 10 complete teams in the meet. There were also two incomplete teams. Micah Swartz of Lakewood (Lakewood High School) led the way for LCCC with a time of 28:52 in the 8K race. Gabriele Post of Avon Lake (Avon Lake High School) was the top Commodore finisher on the women’s side with a 23:43 time, good for 42nd place overall in the Women’s 5K race. The team will compete next Saturday, September 22 at the Columbus State Community College Invitational.

Men 8K (103 runners)

Micah Swartz                    19th place            28:52
Nathaniel Stumph            48th place           31:38
Jeremy Burnside               51st place            31:58
Luke Lengel                       69th place            34:02
Justin Below                      77th place            34:50
Ian Hamilton                      81st place            35:48
Stephen Mendak              89th place            39:58
Jacob Kelley                       97th place            47:15
Luis Ramos                        101st place          53:49

Women 5K (93 runners)

Gabrielle Post                   42nd place           23:43
Samantha Glass                59th place           24:54
Alexis Cozart                     70th place            26:41
Emily Biltz                          83rd place            30:30

LCCC XC Men Take Home Team Title/Individual Championship at Bruce Bridgeman Invite

Micah Swartz

The Lorain County Community College Men’s Cross Country team won the Bruce Bridgeman Invitational hosted by Finger Lakes Community College on Saturday, September 8th. The Commodores scored 45 points, finishing just ahead of host Finger Lakes Community College, who finished second with 53 points. There were 6 full teams and two incomplete teams in the race. Micah Swartz of LCCC was the individual champion, finishing the grueling 8K course in 29:57. Gabrielle Post led the Commodore women with a second place finish in the women’s 5K race with a time of 24:23. There was only one complete team on the women’s side. The Commodores compete next at the Penn State Behrend Invitational on Friday. September 14.

Men 8K (54 runners)

Micah Swartz                    1st place               29:57
Jeremy Burnside               7th place              32:15
Nathaniel Stumph            12th place            33:15
Luke Lengyl                        14th place            33:50
Justin Below                      19th place            35:26
Ian Hamilton                      23rd place            37:16
Stephen Mendak              41st place             43:25
Luis Ramos                        45th place            45:35
Jacob Kelley                       52nd place            49:09 

Women 5K (28 runners)

Gabrielle Post                   2nd place              24:23
Samantha Glass                8th place              26:30
Alexis Cozart                     15th place            28:20



LCCC Cross Country Runners Open Season at Wooster Invitational


By Ken Hoffman

August 31, 2018 — The Lorain County Community College Cross Country team kicked off the 2018 season at the College of Wooster Cross Country Invitational on Friday, August 31. This non-scoring meet included teams from Wooster, Baldwin Wallace and Malone. LCCC competes in the Bruce Bridgman Invitational hosted by Finger Lakes Community College next Saturday, September 9.

Women 4K Race (58 runners, winner Hannah Thompson, unattached 14:27)

Gabrielle Post                   43rd place            18:51
Samantha Glass                47th place            19:50
Alexis Cozart                     51st place             20:20
Emily Biltz                          57th place            25:23


Men 4 Mile race (57 runners, winner George McCartney 21:17)

Micah Swartz                    33rd place            23:45
Nathaniel Stumph            44th place            26:20
Jeremy Burnside               46th place            26:44
Luke Lengyl                        48th place            26:55
Justin Below                      53rd place            28:42
Stephen Mendak              55th place            33:28
Luis Ramos                        56th place            39:01
Jacob Kelly                         57th place            42:53

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.