LOCK HAVEN, P.a – The Lake Erie College cross country team was in action as they competed in the Lock Haven River Run.
The women were led by Gina Henley (Akron, New York / Akron HS) as she crossed the line in a time of 24:06.9 minutes, which earned her ninth place honors. Catherine Beisel (Geneva, Ohio / Geneva) placed 12th as she was the second member of the Storm to break the tape in a time of 24:19.3 minutes. Hailey Vanhoy (Geneva, Ohio / Geneva) capped the strong showing for Lake Erie with a 21st place finish, crossing the line in a time of 24:56.1 minutes.
The men were led by Xavier Kibet (Nakuru, Kenya / Baringo) as he broke the tape with a time of 26:57.3 minutes, which earned him ninth place honors. George Lesnak (Mantua, Ohio / Crestwood) was close behind his teammate as he took 14th in a time of 27:20.5 minutes. Brandon Bryan (Geneva, Ohio / Geneva) crossed the line about five seconds later to claim a 17th place finish with a time if 27:25.6 minutes.
Interim Head Coach Matt Stuck said "Six of our runners got awards at this meet, as five had lifetime bests and one had season bests. We ran really well overall with the mentally of run fast. This was a really good showing and gave everyone lots of hope finishing up cross and leading into indoor. A lot of our team isn't built of longer distance runners on the track side so running good cross country times is a big bonus for some of those athletes. I'm definitely excited to see how we run coming into indoor, we are in a really good place right now".