PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College Cross Country team announced the addition of 16 student-athletes to their 2015 recruiting class Wednesday (April 15).
The Storm will add nine new male runners and seven new female runners in the fall of 2015 under Head Coach Matt Reneker.
These 16 student-athletes represent the largest cross country recruiting class for the Storm. Head Coach Matt Reneker is extremely excited about the positive impact that this class will make for the program.
Coach Reneker's Comments
Current Cougar Jordan Pritchard from Lake Catholic will continue to sport the green, and white as an 800m stand out when he joins the Storm next fall. Jordan has numerous accolades hanging in his trophy case, most notably are his All –Ohio 7th place finish in cross country this past fall and his three All State finishes in the 800m (two from indoor and a 7th place finish from last year's outdoor campaign) while boasting a PR of 1:55.91.
Wade Elmore brings a great deal of big meet experience and some stellar times to the Storm. Wade was a varsity member of Mentor's 2014 State cross country team that finished in 8th place and also ran a leg on the 11th place 4 x 800m relay at this past state indoor championship. Wade's PR of 16:18 was run at the super competitive Tiffin Carnival and looks to make an immediate impact for Lake Erie next fall.
James Hubbard a Scot from Sparta – Highland brings a blend of speed and endurance to the Lake Erie Program next fall. A member of his high schools state placing 4 x 800m relay and a vital part of the teams successful 4 x 400 relay, James also boasts a two year varsity stint on the cross country team qualifying as an individual for this past fall's regional cross country meet.
Botkins own Austin Jones will also be boasting some blazing track times from the half mile. A sub 2:00 already under his belt and many more miles under his legs, Austin will surely be looking to add some depth to the Storm this fall.
Three year varsity cross country runner George Lesnak from Mantua High School will bring his experience from scoring at the 4 x 800 in this past winters indoor state championships as well as incredible consistency over the hills and trails from the fall.
Chris St. Clair and Nick Wilson both hail from Warsaw River View High School and bring state meet experience with them as they join the Lake Erie squad next fall. Incredibly knowledgeable about the sport of cross country and very in tune with the underlying concepts of team running, this superbly coached duo will adjust well running the longer 8k distance at the collegiate level.
Eric Grubaugh from Perry High School has the ability to run a fast time on any given weekend. Eric has been a varsity runner for nearby Perry High school for all four years and boast two trips to the state XC championships where he helped the teams to a 14th place finish his freshmen year and a 9th place finish his sophomore year.
Another local runner graduating from nearby Geneva High School is Brandon Bryan. Brandon has represented the Eagles as a varsity cross country runner over the past two seasons and routinely fished as their top participant.
Bobbi Oakes brings the experience and leadership that Coach Reneker is looking for to lead his squad next fall. Bobbi, a graduate from the historically successful McDonald program, is a four year varsity runner and a member of three state qualifying teams. This past fall, under Miss Oakes leadership, the Blue Devils won a State title in the Division III State Championships. Bobbi's season's best performances took place at the top level of competition and her fastest race took place at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron where she finished the 5,000m course in 19:46.
Aneesa and Aleea Volkman from Wauseon High School will be joining Lake Erie College next fall with six trips to the state championships between them. These speedy sisters were both four year varsity runners for the Wauseon Indians and were consistently amongst the top three runners their entire high school campaign. Crowning the list of their impressive running resumes is thatthey both qualified for the Division II state cross country meet with top 15 finishes out of the very competitive Tiffin region. Aneesa's personal record of 19:25 and Aleea's PR of 19:28 suggest that they will make a sudden and powerful effecton the Storm's squad.
The Rebels of Willoughby South will be sending Senior Hailey Wetzel to the Storm next fall. Hailey, an 800m specialist on the track, applies the same tenacity in the two lap race as she does in the grueling 5k cross country event. It is this hard pressing attitude that impresses coach Reneker the most and he knows that Hailey will have an immediate impact for his program.
Maria Curren is a two sport standout (cross country and softball) Coach Reneker is very impressed with this Marion Pleasant graduates ability to perform best when it counted most. Maria, a four-time varsity cross country runner for the Spartans, consistently ran her best times in the post season and that kind of focus indicates that Miss Curren will find success at the collegiate level.
Joining the Storm from local Eastlake North is Hannah Thoss. Hannah is a four-year varsity runner who always shined brightest on the post season stage with several of her best races coming from the competitive Premier Athletic Conference Championship.
Catherine Beisel will be joining us from nearby Geneva High School. Relatively new to the sport of cross country, Catherine has the drive and dedication that will deliver success and Coach Reneker is thrilled to have such a promising upstart as a member of the program.