PAINESVILLE, Ohio - The Lake Superior State men's cross country team placed seventh among 12 teams and the Laker women were ninth among 15 teams at Saturday's Lake Erie Storm Invitational at Paineville Country Club.
Lydia Heimonen placed 19th in the 4,300-meter women's race, which was inadvertently shortened from its 6K route due to a mistake made by the pace cart. Heimonen finished in 17:31.77.
MacKenzie Kelley placed 49th in 18:38.35, and was followed by Hannah Passino, who was 50th in 18:31.70. Trudie Mulville was 72nd, Kaitlyn Cavallo 79th and Rebecca Lathrop 95th for the Lakers.
The lead pack for the LSSU men included Jacob Baker, who was 41st in 28:32.62 on the regulation 8K course, Thomas VanSlembrouck in 46th place (28:52.48) and Jack Miles in 49th place (29:01.54).
Ryan Rogers finished 54th for LSSU in 29:13.79, followed by Edward Carlson, who was 67th in 29:59.77. Travis Sutton was 69th (30:11.46) and Andrew Vincent 70th (30:17.64).
Kelsey Chambers of Wheeling Jesuit won the women's race in 16:07.94, and Ashland's Nick Hall took men's honors in 25:48.91. Walsh swept the men's and women's team titles. LSSU coach Jason Davis noted the the Lake Erie course was one of the most-challenging and rugged courses on which his teams have competed.