WESTERVILLE, Ohio-- The Lake Erie College cross country teams continued their 2016 season at the Otterbein University Invitational Saturday (Sept. 17).
The men ran an 8k while the women ran a 6k.
"It was a decent meet for us today," remarked Storm Head Coach Grant Lofdahl. "Definitely one of those days when the adage "times don't matter in cross country" proved true, as the course was extremely slow with soft footing and mud."
DJ Graham (Gomer,Ohio/Columbus Grove) had the to finish for the Storm. He finished the race in sixth with a time of 26:51.2. Jordan Pritchard (Painesville, Ohio/Lake Catholic) finished just behind Graham in seventh. He finished with a time of 26:53.8. Vincent Horning (Stow, Ohio/Stow Munroe Falls) was the third finisher for the Storm. He placed 17th with a time of 27:39. George Lesnak (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) finished in 35th with a time of 28:22 while Logan Ebersole (Chesterville, Ohio/Highland) rounded out the Storm top-five in 62nd with a time of 29:15.2.
As a team, the Storm men finished in third out of 17 teams. The top five finished with a combined to score 111 points.
"The guys hung in there on a tough day, and third place is a respectable finish," commented Lofdahl. "DJ, Jordan, and Vince started conservatively and moved well in the second half of the race"
On the women's side, Gina Henley (Akron, Ohio/Akron) had the top finish for the Storm. She finished in 41st with a time of 25:19.5. Catherine Beisel (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) finished 75th with a time of 26:25.8. Hailey VanHoy (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) had the third best finish for the Storm in `113th with a time of 27:31.2. Sage Beauregard (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston/Albion) was not far behind VanHoy, finishing in 125th with a time of 27:55.9. Emily Kotfis (East Liverpool, Ohio/East Liverpool) rounded out the top-five for the Storm in 202nd place with a time of 32:24.0.
The Storm women combined for 407 points to finish in 14th.
"Our women are making progress, we just need to close the gaps between each runner," said Lofdahl. "Gina and Catherine ran tough today and were not far off their PRs from last season"
Lake Erie is back in action Sept. 30 at the All-Ohio Championships hosted by Cedarville University.
"We're in a critical training phase right now and will get right back to it next week," concluded Lofdahl. "I'm looking forward to seeing how much we've improved in two weeks at the All-Ohio Championships."