Every runner on the Lorain County Community College women’s cross country team ran their season high in pursuit to win the NJCAA Division Region 12 Championship on October 28 advancing to the National Championship.
The men’s team finished the race in second place behind Columbus State. All but one of their runners recorded their season high. Jake Kelley, in the middle of the race had to run with their shoe untied, which is why he didn’t break his season best, according to head coach Jim Powers. The men’s team will also participate in the national meet.
“We’ve only had a full team twice since we came back in 2009,” said coach Powers. “The last time we had (a full women’s team) was in 2012 and the women’s team then, came in ninth in the country and we had an All-American runner coming fourth in the country.” He is referring to Hannah Weibel and she is currently the assistant coach for the teams.
The Commodores are not ranked nationally. Powers believes they are under appreciated, because they are not a known team.
LCCC defeated three Division I teams at the meet in Lansing, Michigan. He also believes they have “a good shot to do well in nationals.”
“This is postseason … ,” he said. “Hopefully, our training has paid off and everybody is in the best of the year, they’re mentally focused, they’re into their routine and they are going to do their best at this time of the year as opposed to doing their best at the beginning of the year and it turned out that all of the women, all six women, six out of seven guys had their season best times. That’s how it should be.”
The Commodores have a long bus ride to the Division III National Championship, which will be taken place at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts. The men and women’s teams will be participating in the event.
“They’re hungry,” he said. “They are trying to do their best time of the year and that is all you can ask for.”