Klepper earns all-region HM
by David Swartz
Iowa Lakes’ Candace Klepper earned all-region honorable mention honors for the second straight year as she placed 17th at the NJCAA Div. 1, Region XI cross country meet at Iowa Falls on Sunday.
The sophomore from Terril finished the 5K course in 21 minutes 40 seconds.
“Candace ran a smart race,” said Laker coach Molly Struve. “She stayed with at least two girls most of the race, which helped her break the strong winds. She had a personal best time for this season, and I am confident she will do even better at nationals. She has been slowly progressing all season and should finish in the middle or above at nationals.”
Teammates Olivia Craig and Angela Pearson, both running their first race since coming off injuries, finished 31st and 40th, respectively. Craig clocked in at 23:45 and Pearson finished in 27:38.
“Olivia and Angela did a good job for this being their first meet back,” said Struve. “They are both healing very well and should improve their times at nationals.”
There were 40 women in the meet which was won by Iowa Central with North Iowa Area Community College second. Iowa Lakes placed seventh.
Bart Zimmer led Iowa Lakes in the men’s 8K race as he placed 49th in 30:45. Brandon Meinear placed 55th in 32:16, Matt Baehler placed 47th in 33:12, Dane Ross placed 58th in 33:39 and Mitchel Sparks was 62nd in 36:15.
“Brandon ran an excellent race,” said Struve. “He had a good start and continued to build throughout the race. He had a personal best time for the season by about 25 seconds.
“The weather hindered Bart a little, but he had a good start and managed to stay fairly consistent throughout the race,” said Struve. “The weather hindered Bart a little, but he had a good start and managed to stay fairly consistent throughout the race.”
“Matt and Dane both had good starts and ran together for most of the race, but Matt pulled away the last couple miles,” the coach said. “He ran a personal best time for the season as well, by a little over 10 seconds. Mitch is still dealing with an injury and sickness. I’m proud of him for finishing the race and pulling through so we could get a full team score.”