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
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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!
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!”
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.