LCCC Cross-Country Wraps up Season at NJCAA DIII Nationals; Gannon Earns All-American Status, Powers Region Coach of the Year

Coach Powers

November 6, 2019 – – The Lorain County Community College Cross Country teams competed in the NJCAA DIII National Championship Meet in Westfield, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 2, 2019. LCCC’s men finished 16th out of 43 schools represented and the women finished 9th out of 36 schools, the fourth time in eight years that LCCC has had a top 10 finish at nationals.

Kelsey Gannon (Avon) continued to set the pace for the women’s team, earning NJCAA Division III All-American honors and finishing 15th nationally. Earlier in the season, Gannon, a freshman, was selected as the Division III Runner of the Week in just the second race of her career. While at Avon High School, she lettered in basketball and track but never competed in cross country.

LCCC Head Coach, Jim Powers, was named the Central Region’s Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA). Both his squads were nationally ranked throughout the season and his men’s team took home the Region XII Championship trophy last week.

Men 8K (200 runners)

Name  Place Time
Charlie Yonts  28th place 28:21 (season best)
Henry Haas 43rd 28:56
Devin Baumgartner  113th 31:18 (season best)
Ian Hamilton  150th 33:26
Justin Below 164th 34:12
Jason Molek    180th 36;49

Women 5K (121 runners)

Name Place Time
Kelsey Gannon 15th place 20:48 (All American)
Samantha Glass  21st 21:38 (season best)
Mackenzie Glass 61st 24:18 
Erin Konrad    93rd 27:18 (season best)
Alexis Cozart  110th 30:22