PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College cross country teams were among 47 colleges and universities across the state competing in annual All-Ohio Championships Friday afternoon (Sept. 30) on the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course at Cedarville University.
The Storm women placed 11th among NCAA Division II and NAIA squads and were 43rd overall. The men were 12th in the Division II/NAIA bracket and 40th overall.
The top individual runner for LEC was junior Craig Gerber (Fremont, Ohio/Clyde). Gerber's timeo of 27:50.99 placed him 168th out of 310 runners on the men's side. He was 50th among DII/NAIA runners with his second-best time of the season.
Running behind Gerber for the Storm was sophomore Jimmy Hudd (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor/Ashland) who was 238th at 29:07.40. Junior David Gobrogge (Akron, Ohio/Green) clocked in at 30:26.17 and was 269th overall. Those three all finished in the top 75 among runners in DII/NAIA. Juniors Devin O'Neill (Concord, Ohio/Mentor) and Dominic Cribari (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga) rounded out the Lake Erie squad, posting times of 33:09.22 and 34:01.79, respectively.
For the Storm women, junior Sammie Smith (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) ran lead for LEC, placing 241st with a time of 21:46.31. She was followed by senior Kyle Herron (Perry, Ohio/Perry) at 22:02.23, sophomore Shanita Fluker (Flint, Mich./Southwestern) at 22:15.92 and junior Leah Jones (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) at 22:22.32. Junior Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) ran fifth with a time of 24:58.95 in her first appearance for the injury-depleted squad.
Smith was the 60th ranked DII/NAIA women and Herron was close behind at 63rd.
The top six spots on the women's team leaderboard went to Division I schools, with Miami University taking the title. On the men's side, the first four teams were Division I with the University of Cincinnati claiming the team championship.
The Storm is idle for a few weeks before competing at the 2011 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships at Ashland University on Oct. 22.