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Lakers run at Region XI X-country meet

By Staff | Nov 3, 2009

PEORIA, Ill. – Brittany Ross earned second team all-region honors with a ninth-place finish at the Region XI cross country meet on Saturday.

Ross, a 2009 Estherville Lincoln Central graduate, was one of eight Laker runners competing.

The meet was hosted by Illinois Central Community College with Iowa and Illinois regions running together, but the runners were scored on their own region.

“It was a great meet for us to participate in because we got the chance to see some of the competition we will be facing at the National meet in two weeks,” said Iowa Lakes coach Molly Struve. “The course was very muddy and slippery, so the times were fairly slow across the board.”

Ross finished the 5K course in 21 minutes, 45 seconds.

“She strained her back on Thursday, so we weren’t sure if she would even be able to run on Saturday,” said Struve. “She pulled through, though, and managed to run a good race. Now that she has ran the course once, she will hopefully drop her time, and place higher, in two weeks at Nationals.”

Also running for the Laker women, Alyssa Eisenbacher placed 27th in 24:39, Angela Pearson placed 44th in 32:17 and Tricia Hill placed 45th in 34:16.

Men’s race

The Laker men were led by a 37th-place finish from Brandon Minear. Minear finished the 8K race in 31:51. Bart Zimmer placed 41st in 32:24, Brandon Mumm was 47th in 33:48 and Jason Vogel was 51st in 34:52.

“Both Brandon Minear and Brandon Mumm had great races,” said Struve. “They worked their way up throughout the middle miles and managed to finish in front of a few of our top competitors.

“Bart got tripped up during the first 100 meters of the race and spent most of the first mile just trying to catch back up with the front pack. Mitch (Sparks) had to pull out of the race at the 2-mile point, because of a pulled hip, so we weren’t able to score as a team for this meet.”

The Iowa Lakes cross country teams will finish their season with a trip to the NJCAA National meet, which will also be held in Peoria, Ill. on Saturday, Nov. 14.