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Ross leads Iowa Lakes with seventh place finish

By Staff | Sep 29, 2009

STORM LAKE – Running a longer distance a kilometer further didn’t affect Iowa Lakes’ Brittany Ross from finishing in the top 10 at the Buena Vista Invitational on Saturday.

The freshman from Estherville finished seventh overall with a time of 25 minutes flat.

“Brittany ran a very smart race. She started right with the front pack, which was about 10 total women, and stayed with the leaders for over a mile,” said Iowa Lakes coach Molly Struve. “After about a mile and half, a few of the leaders broke away, but Brittany managed to hang on with the next group and maintain her top 10 position. She was able to keep her mile times fairly consistent as well, which is what we have been working on the last couple of weeks.”

Alyssa Eisenbacher was the next Laker to cross the line as she finished 38th in 28:26.

“Alyssa has been struggling with a minor ankle injury since early last week,” said Struve. “She still had a fairly good time and will keep improving as long as her ankle heals soon.”

Angela Pearson finished 48th in 3 minutes and Tricia Hill was 50th in 41:26.

“Angela and Tricia have both been working very hard in practice and they both managed to achieve the goal times we set,” said Struve. “This is the first 6K race the women have done this year; the rest of the meets are 5K races.”

Men’s race

Bart Zimmer led the Laker mens’ team with a 22nd-place finish in 28:57 in an 8K race.

“All the men finished with personal best times, which is a great way to finish the meet,” said Struve. “Bart had a strong start and maintained his mile times throughout the race. He had a personal best time and was very close to a top 20 finish.”

Brandon Minear finished 35th in 29:43.

“Brandon ran a smart race,” said Struve. “He didn’t start off too quick, like did at the beginning of the season, and that helped him gain speed during the last couple miles.”

Jason Vogel finished 54th in 31:32.

Jason had a very quick start, which I think affected him a little during the middle miles,” said Struve. “He did, however pick up some speed toward the end, and finished with a personal best time for the season.”

Brandon Mumm finished 61st in 32:56.

“Brandon dropped his time by 2 minutes this week,” said Struve. “He is learning how to pace himself better and I know he will keep dropping time each week.”

The Lakers travel to a mt hosted by Grand View College in Des Moines on Friday.