EDINBORO, Pa.—The Lake Erie College cross country team opened the season at the Doug Watts Distance Gala hosted by Edinboro University Saturday (Sept. 5).
The men ran an 8k while the women ran a 5k.
Dalton Graham (Gomer, Ohio/Columbus Grove) had the top finish for the Storm men, placing 15th with a time of 26:43.6. Vincent Horning (Stow, Ohio/Stow) placed 18th with a time of 26:55.5. Brandon Green (Eastlake, Ohio/North) had the third best finish for the Storm, taking 20th with a time of 27:04.3. Jordan Pritchard (Painesville, Ohio/Lake Catholic) finished 27th with a time of 28:00.09. George Lesnak (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) was just behind him, taking 28th with a time of 28:14.01.
Those five runners combined for a time of 2:16:58.5 to finish fourth in the field of nine.
Aleea Volkman (Wauseon, Ohio/Wauseon) carded the top finish for the Storm women, finishing 20th with a time of 20:37.8. Taylor Ritchie (Salem, Ohio/United Local) had the second fastest time for the Storm, finishing in 25th with a time of 20:57. Hailey Wetzel (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) took 27th with a time of 21:307. Aneesa Volkman (Wauseon, Ohio/Wauseon) finished just behind her in 28th with a time of 21:33.9. Hailey VanHoy (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) took 32nd with a time of 21:55.6.
Overall, the Storm women placed fifth out of eight teams with a combined time of 1:46:35.1.