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Iowa Lakes X-country battles larger schools

By Staff | Sep 30, 2008

MADISON, S.D. – The Iowa Lakes cross country teams were the lone-two-year school at the Dakota State University’s invitational on Friday.

In the men’s 8K race, there were 111 participants. Wayne State won with the University of Sioux Falls placing second.

For Iowa Lakes Bart Zimmer placed 86th in 31 minutes 17 seconds, Brandon Minear placed 99th in 33:25, Mitch Sparks placed 102nd in 34:15 and Dane Ross was 103rd in 34:41.

“Brandon, Mitch, and Dane all had personal best times and Bart was very close to his,” said Iowa Lakes coach Molly Struve.

“By the second mile, the race was very spread out, but all four guys did a great job of staying focused. They looked strong throughout and I am proud that they are improving with each meet.”

In the women’s 5K race, 113 runners competed with Dordt winning and Wayne state placing second.

For Iowa Lakes, Candace Klepper placed 85th in 23:18.

Candace dropped her time by over a minute and ran a very strong race,” said Struve. “She started to peak around this time last year as well, so I look for her to continue improving her time at each meet.”

The Laker women’s team is still faced by several injuries. Struve looks to have a cople runners back when the team heads to Des Moines for a meet hosted by Grand View College.