CEDARVILLE, Ohio-- The Lake Erie College Cross Country teams competed at the All-Ohio Championships Friday (Sept. 30) hosted by Cedarville University.
The Championships featured 43 colleges in the state of Ohio. The women competed in a 6k while the men competed in an 8k.
DJ Graham (Gomer, Ohio/Columbus Grove) had the top finish for the Storm men. Graham finished 15th overall (fifth among Division-II/NAIA runners) with a time of 25:40.6. Jordan Pritchard (Painesville, Ohio/Lake Catholic) had the second best finish for the Storm, placing 28th with a time of 26:02.1. George Lesnak (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) took 115th with a time of 27:23.9 while Logan Ebersole (Chesterville, Ohio/Highland) was not far behind, finishing 118th with a time of 27:30.4. Austin Jones (Botkins, Ohio/Botkins) rounded out the top-five for the Storm in 190th place with a time of 28:56.2. Brandon Bryan (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) placed 195th with a time of 29:05.2 and Joseph Masar (Stow, Ohio/Stow Munroe Falls) finished in 268th with a time of 34:10.4.
Overall, the Storm men placed 15th out of the 42 teams. The finish was fifth among Division-II/NAIA schools.
"The men as a whole were extremely impressive today," said Storm Head Coach Grant Lofdahl. "We were missing Vince Horning who has been our solid number three runner, so to set program bests with a 15th place overall finish and fifth in our division is great. DJ ran a tremendous race for 15th, and Jordan actually placed higher than anyone we've had at All-Ohio before today. I'm very excited about the next five weeks!"
Gina Henley (Akron, Ohio/Akron) had the top finish for the Storm women. With a time of 25:00.4, Henley finished in 168th. Her time was just shy of the current Lake Erie 6k record. Catherine Beisel (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) had the second best finish for the Storm, placing 183rd with a time of 25:24.4. Hailey VanHoy (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) finished in 226th with a time of 26:10.7 while Sage Beauregard (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston/Albion) finished in 254th with a time of 27:12.5. Jayla Lindsey rounded out the top five for the Storm in 276th with a time of 30:21.3. Emily Kotfis (East Liverpool, Ohio/East Liverpool) was one spot behind Lindsey with a time of 31:07.7.
As a team, the Storm women finished 35th, which ranked them ninth among Division-II/NAIA teams.
"The women ran well as a group, they definitely built on the success they had there a year ago," remarked Lofdahl. "For Gina to come within ten seconds of the school record in these conditions was excellent. We just need to continue closing the gaps between each runner and we'll be where we want to be."
The Storm is back in action next Saturday (Oct. 8) for their first home meet, the Storm Invitational, held at Painesville Country Club.