CEDARVILLE, OHIO – The record-setting start to the season for the Lake Erie College men's cross country team continued Friday (Oct. 4) as the Storm men raced to their best performance ever at the All-Ohio Championships.
Coming into the meet having never finished higher than 33rd overall in the event, the Storm got two individual top-50 finishes and finished 16th overall among 41 NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA teams. Lake Erie was sixth in the NCAA Division II/NAIA category on a hot and humid afternoon.
Freshmen Conor Gordon (Burke, N.Y./Franklin Academy) and Dalton Graham (Gomer, Ohio/Columbus Grove) led the way for LEC in their All-Ohio debuts. Gordon placed 30th overall with a time of 26:08.75. Graham ran a time of 26:24.59, good for 42nd place. The two finished 14th and 19th among the DII/NAIA field.
Sophomore Nick Hall (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) was 98th overall (27:11.15), followed by freshmen Vinnie Horning(Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls)(,121st, 27:31.30) and Michael Dahmen (Greene, Ohio/Maplewood) (149th, 28:04.57).
There were 289 runners in the men's field. Lake Erie's five-man squad averaged a time of 27:04.16 for the 8,000-meter course.
The University of Akron took the team title, finishing 20 points ahead of Malone University. Miami University was third followed by Ashland University and host Cedarville. The University of Dayton was the team winner on the women's side.
Senior Shanita Fluker (Flint, Mich./Southwestern) ran 26:29.72 in the women's 6,000 meter race. She placed 181st.
Lake Erie is idle until the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships Saturday, Oct. 26, in Houghton, Mich.