PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College Cross Country teams competed in the inaugural Storm invitational Saturday (Oct. 8) at Painesville Country Club.
The Storm men finished fourth overall in the 8k race while the women finished 12th in the 4.3k.
"The meet overall went very well, other than a major mishap with the women's race being directed the wrong way," said Storm Head Coach Grant Lofdahl. "They ran a 4.3K instead of a 6K and it's unfortunate, but once in a while these things do happen. The course was as difficult as we thought it would be, and ran at least a minute slow on the men's side. It was true cross country with plenty of hills, and a variety of different surfaces to run on."
DJ Graham (Gomer, Ohio/Columbus Grove) had the top finish for the Storm men. He finished in third place with a time of 26:24.71. Jordan Pritchard (Painesville, Ohio/Lake Catholic) also finished in the top-10, placing ninth with a time of 26:53.87. Vincent Horning (Stow, Ohio/Stow) had a solid finish, placing 26th with a time of 27:31.19. Logan Ebersole (Chesterville, Ohio/Highland) was not far behind, placing 36th with a time of 28:17.26. George Lesnak (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) rounded out the top-five finishers for the Storm, placing 42nd with a time of 28:39.17.
Overall, the Storm men tallied 99 points to finish in fourth place.
Gina Henley (Akron, Ohio/Akron) had the top finish for the Storm women, placing 36th with a time of 17:58.00. Hailey VanHoy finished in 60th with a time of 18:41.38. Catherine Beisel (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) placed 73rd with a time of 19:09.97 while Jayla Lindsey placed 11th with a time of 22:29.39. Emily Kotfis (East Liverpool, Ohio/East Liverpool) rounded out the top-five for the Storm, finishing in 114th with a time of 23:08.56.
Overall, the Storm women tallied 332 points to finish in 12th.
"Our women were a little shorthanded today but they hung in there," remarked Lofdahl. "They definitely showed some toughness on the hills. The men had a very solid day, coming in fourth against some very good competition. DJ Graham once again was tough as nails taking third overall, and Logan Ebersole had a really nice race as well. Now it's time to focus on the championship meets, which are always our primary goal. We're feeling good about where we're at with GLIACs two weeks away."
The Storm is back in action Oct. 22 at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships held at Ferris State University.