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 

2017 LCCC Cross Country Schedule

2016 LCCC Cross Country Schedule

News & Announcements

All-Ohio Championships

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

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


Ric Sayre Invitational – 9/1/17

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.

NJCAA DIII National Championships – 11/12/16

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

Region XII Cross Country Championships – 10/29/16

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)