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LCC runners' regular season concludes

men's cross country team

The LCC men's cross country team is shown accepting the first-place trophy at the Lansing Invitational on Sept. 30. Coach Jim Robinson is on the left. Photo by Julie Newell

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By Julie Newell
Editor in Chief

The LCC cross country teams finished off the regular season in the EMU Fall Classic on Friday, Oct. 21 in Dexter at Hudson Mills Metro Park.

“Primarily it was University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Michigan State runners (at the meet),” LCC Head Coach Jim Robinson said. “So, some of the very best NJCAA Division One runners.”

As a team, the LCC men placed third in the 5K race with a score of 68 points. The LCC women’s team did not place.

Robinson said that it was still a good experience for the team.

“If you look over the times (from the race) and compare them to their personal bests, probably about a third of our runners still got their personal bests, even though they finished far down in the list,” Robinson said.

LCC freshman Colin Snyder placed 15th, registering a time 15:50. Freshman Gabriel Phillips placed 25th with time of 16:29. Sophomore Kalyb VanWormer placed 17th in 16:31.

“Colin Snyder was one of the ones pushing to go to this meet and he’s the one that did run well,” Robinson said. “He ran about a minute and fifteen (seconds) faster than he had ever run before for the 5,000-meter (race).”

women's cross country

 

 

The LCC women's cross country team is shown with the second-place trophy at the Lansing Invitational on Sept. 30.  Photo by Julie Newell

LCC freshman Alyssa Williams placed 46th for the women, registering a time of 21:26. Sophomore teammate Haley Bell placed 51st with a time of 22:03. Freshman Reva Lance placed 54th in 23:28.

Robinson commented on the conclusion of the regular season.

“I knew coming in that we had a really good group of athletes and that they were focused and dedicated,” Robinson said. “I’m not surprised that we’ve done so well.”

The Stars are scheduled to compete in the NJCAA Conference and Regional Championship on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Calvin University in Grand Rapids.

“We’re expected to do well in this race and I’m confident we will,” Robinson said.

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