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Laker runners compete in time trial meet

By Staff | Sep 1, 2009

COUNCIL BLUFFS – The Iowa Lakes cross country runners stretched their legs at the Region XI time trial cross country meet in Saturday in Council Bluffs.

In the women’s 5K, former Estherville Lincoln Central/Armstrong-Ringsted standout Brittany Ross ran to fifth place with a time of 21 minutes, 9 seconds.

Teammate Alyssa Eisenbacher placed 27th in 26:40.

Thirty-nine women competed in the race with Iowa Lakes placing sixth out of seven teams using the ‘dead-man’ scoring.

Iowa Lakes coach Molly Struve said two Iowa Lakes women did not run on Saturday, due to injuries.

“Brittany ran a very smart race. She had a strong start and managed to maintain a fairly consistent time at each mile mark,” said Struve. “In the last mile, she used a steep uphill to gain a few spots and managed to end in fifth place, which is a record finish for Iowa Lakes. Brittany has been training hard the last few weeks and I believe her time will continue to drop at each meet. This is a great way for her to start the season.

The coach said Eisenbacher had a good time and place for the first meet of the season.

“She has been dealing with a couple injuries for the last few weeks, which has prevented her from finishing quite a few workouts,” said Struve. “This last week of practice has been better for her and I am very pleased with her time. As long as she can stay healthy for the rest of the season, she will continue to drop her time.”

Men’s (5K)

In the men’s race, Bart Zimmer led the Lakers placing 29th in 18:13.

Brandon Minear placed 48th in 19:01, Jason Vogel was 58th in 20:02, Mitch Sparks placed 62nd in 20:46 and Brandon Mumm placed 65th in 21:08 in the field of 71.

The Laker men also placed sixth out of seven using “dead-man” scoring.

The men ran a 5K race this weekend, which is different from all their upcoming meets, which will be 8K races, said Struve.

“All the men have been training hard the last three weeks and I am satisfied with each of their times and places,” the coach said. “Bart and Brandon Minear finished within a minute of each other, and Jason, Mitch and Brandon Mumm all crossed the line within two to three minutes of Bart. They stayed packed together reasonably well, which allows them to keep motivated and focused during the race.

“Bart maintained his position throughout the entire race and finished about a minute and half off from the front pack. He put on a lot of miles this summer and I believe the 8K race will be a better race for him next weekend. All five men have been training for the 8K race, so the 5K is not a real estimate of their ability. It’s a good race to start the season with, though, and helps us determine mileage goals for the upcoming meets.”

The Iowa Lakes cross country teams are in action next at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Iowa Intercollegiate meet in Ames.