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Lakers runners compete at St. Olaf Invitational

By Staff | Sep 23, 2008

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Iowa Lake cross country teams competed in the biggest meet of the season so far at the St. Olaf Invitational on Saturday.

Members of the Laker men’s team all improved their times on the 8K, according to coach Molly Struve.

Bart Zimmer led the Lakers with a 124th place finish in 30 minutes, 38 seconds. Brandon Minear finished 169th in 34:05 while Mitch Sparks finished 174th in 35:19 and Dane Ross was 176th in 35:19.

One hundred eighty-seven men competed in the race which was won by Minnesota State-Mankato with the University of Minnesota-Duluth taking second place.

“All four men did a very good job of staying focused through the whole race.,” said Struve. “Bart and Brandon both had great starts, but had a little trouble maintaining their pace throughout the race.

“Mitch and Dane also had good starts and Dane stayed right with Mitch for most of the race.”

The Laker women’s team only had one runner participating with four others out with injuries.

“Olivia Craig is working on getting back in shape after a hamstring pull and will hopefully be ready to compete in the meet next weekend,” said Struve. “Chelsey Gjerde and Angela Pearson both have minimal injuries and will hopefully be ready to run in our next meet.”

Candace Klepper finished 165 in the 6K race in which 192 runners competed. Klepper finished in 30:07.

UW-Lacrosse won the meet, with St. Olaf taking second place.

“Candace started the race off well, but had a hard time keeping her pace throughout.,” said Struve. “It was a longer race than the others during the season and, even though she has trained enough for it, I think the longer distance intimidated her. She had a good finish though and her time was only 30 seconds off the goal we set for her before the race.”

The Lakers travel to Madison, S.D. this Saturday for the meet hosted by Dakota State University.