Storm Finishes Strong at All-Ohio Championships

Storm Finishes Strong at All-Ohio Championships

CEDARVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College Cross Country teams competed at the 2015 All-Ohio Championships Friday (Oct. 2) hosted by Cedarville University.

The event featured the majority of colleges in Ohio at all levels.  The men ran an 8k while the women ran a 6k.

Dalton Graham (Gomer, Ohio/Columbus Grove) had the top finish for the Storm men, finishing 27th in the DII/NAIA results with a time of 26:33.78.  Brandon Green (Eastlake, Ohio/North) finished 40th in the category with a time of 26:39.66.  Jordan Pritchard (Painesville, Ohio/Lake Catholic) finished 43rd with a time of 26:47.26.  Vincent Horning (Stow, Ohio/Stow) finished just behind Pritchard in 44th with a time of 26:47.50.  Logan Ebersole (Chesterville, Ohio/Highland) finished 74th with a time of 27:32.29 to close out the top-five for the Storm.

"A lot of the guys got stuck in the congestion early in the race, but they recovered and had a great second half of the race," said Storm Head Coach Grant Lofdahl. "Jordan Pritchard and Logan Ebersole stepped up in particular."

The top-five runners combined for a 7th-place finish out of the 16 teams in the DII/NAIA category. 

 Hailey VanHoy  (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) had the top finish for the Storm women, placing 64th in the DII/NAIA category with a time of 25:08.01.  Taylor Ritchie (Salem, Ohio/United Local) finished 70th with a time of 25:17.06.  Aleea Volkman (Wauseon, Ohio/Wauseon) placed 80th with a time of 25:49.57.  Gina Henley (Akron, Ohio/Akron HS) finished 88th with a time of 26:08.37.  Hailey Wetzel (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) finished just behind Henley in 89th with a time of 26:08.44.

"The women had an excellent day today, they worked well together were not intimidated by the size of the meet or the competition," continued Lofdahl.  "Hailey VanHoy looked outstanding out there, and whole team really did well. The previous school record for average 6K for the top-5 runners was 25:49 and we ran 25:43 as a team today."

The top-five runners combined for an 11th-place finish out of 17.

"Overall, it was a solid meet and we showed a lot of improvement," concluded Lofdahl.  "The GLIAC Championships are only three weeks away, and we still have work to do but we're on pace to do good things at conference and regionals."

The Storm is back in action next weekend at the Gannon/Mercyhurst Invite.

-LEC-