Harriers set sights on regional meet
By Maddie Toles
Both of the LCC cross country teams are nearing the end of the season, and the success at the Lansing Invitational on Oct. 5 may be an indication of how they will finish.
This recent invitational featured many four-year universities, making it a tough one to stand out in.
The LCC men ran an 8K, coming in second place out of 19 teams with 69 points. University of Michigan – Dearborn came in first with 65 points, making it a close race.
From the LCC men, freshman Brian Moore had a time of 25:27, securing him the second position. Freshman Dillan Haviland came in with a time of 25:40, placing him in fifth.
The women’s team ran a 5K and came in third place out of 21 teams with 127 points. Spring Arbor College had 61 points to win the meet. Oakland University came in second with 127.
LCC freshman Jivana Esposito had a time of 19:16, which placed her in 12th.
Both teams are turning their attention to regionals and nationals. The teams automatically qualify for regionals, but their performance there will determine whether they reach the nationals.
“We’re the favorite,” LCC Head Coach Jim Robinson said of the regional meet. “I’m optimistic that both teams will do very well.”
Both the men and women’s team are focusing on ways they can finish this season strong.
“With this group of people, we’re still working on the core aerobic conditioning,” Robinson said.
“I still think we can win the individual battles at the end of the races better.”
With these goals in mind, the regional championship on Oct. 27 will be a fun one to watch.
Physical health is remaining steady, and both teams are putting in the effort to make sure they are properly monitoring that.
Robinson stressed the importance of this, because it is detrimental to lose a runner at any time.
The next home invitational is the NJCAA Region XII championship on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Grand Woods Park in Lansing. Spectators are welcome.