October 28, 2017
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 this afternoon in Lansing, Michigan.
Freshman Gabrielle Post (Avon Lake/Avon Lake) 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 (Amherst/Steele) 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 (Lakewood/Lakewood) 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.