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
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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
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
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
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
The Lorain County Community College Commodores opened the 2017 cross country season at the Ric Sayre Invitational hosted by Walsh University. The Commodore men finished 6th out of 6 teams. Walsh won both the men’s 8K race and the women’s 5K race. Micah Swartz led the way for the LCCC men with a 77th place finish out of 93 runners in a time of 30:31. Other LCCC runners included:
Nate Stumph 85th place 32:48
Zach Hass 86th place 33:04
Phillip Miranda 87th place 33:07
Jaime Irizarry 88th place 33:18
Jacob Kelley 93rd place 46:04
Gabrielle Post was the top finisher for the women with a time of 21:29, good for 54th place out of 77 runners in the women’s 5K race. Other LCCC runners:
Heather Wigton 60th place 22:15
Claire Bickley 66th place 23:00
Emily Biltz 74th place 27:19
The Commodores compete next on Saturday September 9 at the Bruce Bridgman Invitational at Finger Lakes Community College.
Congratulations to the following LCCC Cross Country runners who earn 2016 season awards:
Sam Cerny – 2016 DIII All-Region Cross Country Team
Micah Jones – 2016 DIII All-Region Cross Country Team
Brendan Kilbane – 2016 NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association All-American Scholar Award
Congrats to LCCC Cross Country runners Sam Cerny (3rd) and Micah Jones (4th) who earned ALL REGION in DIII on October 29th in Lansing, MI! Heather Wigton just missed All Region honors when she finished 5th in DIII – top 4 earn All Region. Way to go runners!
The Lorain County Community College Commodores Men’s Cross Country Team finished 11th out of 25 full teams at the NJCAA DIII National Championship Meet held at Finger Lakes Community College on Saturday November 12. There were also 13 incomplete teams competing.
Mens 8K Race (181 finishers)
41. Sam Cerny 31:16
47. Micah Jones 31:30
74. Alex Nicholaou 32:29
78. Brendan Kilbane 32:40
99. Josh Hass 34:01
139. Stephen Mendak 37:16
140. Corey Mills 37:24
Women’s 5K (118 in team race)
37. Heather Wigton 22:56
The Lorain County Community College Commodores competed in the NJCAA Region 12 Cross Country Meet in Lansing, Michigan on Saturday, October 29. The men finished 9th overall out of 12 complete teams in the region, there were also 4 incomplete teams competing. The Commodores finished 2nd place behind Columbus State in the DIII division (they defeated Columbus State when only counting DIII competitors). Sam Cerny (3rd) and Micah Jones (4th) earned All Region honors for Division III. The Commodores are currently 9th in the latest national rankings. Heather Wigton competed for LCCC in the Women’s 5K race, finishing 45th out of 73 runners in the team race. She was 5th among DIII runners, just missing All Region honors for the top 4 finishers. The team competes next at the NJCAA DIII National Championship Meet in Canandaigua New York on November 12th.
Men 8K (91 in team race)
30. Sam Cerny 28:48 (3rd DIII)
34. Micah Jones 29:12 (4th DIII)
53. Alex Nicolaou 30:42
57. Brendan Kilbane 30:57
73. Josh Hass 32:50
79. Cory Mills 34:47
88. Stephen Mendak 38:32
Women’s 5K (73 in team race)
45. Heather Wigton 22:32 (5th DIII)