PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Sophomore Shanita Fluker (Flint, Mich./Southwestern) and junior Craig Gerber (Fremont, Ohio/Clyde) each posted top-10 finishes to highlight the Lake Erie College cross country teams' performances at the Penn State Behrend Invitational Saturday morning (Sept. 17) in Erie, Pa.
Both Fluker and Gerber finished in 10th place in their respective races. Fluker ran a career-best 20:17.2 to finish as Lake Erie's top runner for the second straight meet. Her time was also the best in Lake Erie women's cross country history over a 5,000-meter course. Gerber's time in the men's race of 27:02.5 was also his personal best time.
Overall, the Storm men placed eighth of 14 teams at the event. Sophomore Jimmy Hudd (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor/Ashland) was close behind Gerber, placing 18th in a time of 27:31.7 and giving the Storm a pair of top-20 and sub-30-minute runners.
Limited to just four runners because of injuries, the women did not register a team score. Junior Sammie Smith (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) ran second on the team to Fluker, finishing in a time of 20:38.5 to place 19th. Classmate Leah Jones (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) was 24th with a time of 20:58. 4 and Senior Kyle Herron (Perry, Ohio/Perry) finished 41st in the 103-runner field with a time of 21:37.5.
The Storm runners are in action next Saturday, Sept. 24, at the annual Edinboro University Rag Relays.