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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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.
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.
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
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