Women's Cross Country Coaching Staff
Jim Robinson, Head Coach
Coaching at LCC: 7 years
Office: GB 465
Phone: (517) 483-1240
B.A., Penn State University, 1976
Master of Divinity: Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1981
Doctor of Ministry: Drew University, 1995
Coach Robinson has had a passion for distance running since participating in track in Jr. and Sr. High. Coach Robinson had the privilege to continue running in college under the legendary coach, Harry Groves, and trained with national record holders Greg Fredricks and George Malley. An average high school and college runner (10:17 high school two mile PR), Robinson began seeing major improvement when he began to apply the principles of periodization in his training after college, ultimately running track and road bests of: 4:06 mile, 14:52 5K, 23:44 8K, and 2:35.29 marathon.
Prior to coming to LCC, Robinson coached the boys track and cross country teams at Portland High School. In just three years, the cross country team improved from an average of 23 minutes to 18:30 for 5K and his athletes set school records in the 1600m, 3200m and 4 x 800m relay. Coach Robinson holds the USATF Level I Coaching Certification.
Rachel McFarlan, Assistant Coach
Coaching at LCC: 1 year
Office GB 465
Phone: (517) 483-1240
Education: B.S. in Kinesiology for Michigan State University 2013
Competed in Cross Country and Track at Michigan State for 5 years. Rachel was part of back to back Big 10 championship teams. In her final season she was 2nd Team All-Big 10 in cross country, 2nd Team All-Big 10 in the DMR indoors, and NCAA qualifier in outdoor track and received the Big 10 Sportsmanship Award during the cross country season. Held school records in the indoor DMR and outdoor 4xmile relay. She had personal records of mile- 4:50 3k- 9:43, 5k- 16:29, 6k-20:48 while in college. She still runs competitively and has continued to lower her times. Prior to accepting the position as Assistant Men's and Women's Cross Country/Track Coach at Lansing Community College Rachel was an assistant coach for the boys and girls Cross Country and Track teams at Lansing Catholic High School for 2 years.
Gannon Bldg, Room 460
Phone: (517) 483-1610
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