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Laker runners headed to Nationals

By Staff | Nov 12, 2009

Members of the Iowa Lakes Community College cross country team will be traveling to Peoria, Ill., to compete in the NJCAA Division I National Cross Country Championship.

Over 70 teams from community colleges across the United States will be competing in both men’s and women’s cross country races at the championship meet. Illinois Central College is the host of the meet which will be held on Nov. 14.

Nine members of the Iowa Lakes Cross Country Program, four women and five men, will be running in the National Junior College Athletic Association, Division I National Championships: Brittany Ross, Alyssa Eisenbacher, Angela Pearson, Tricia Hill, Bart Zimmer, Brandon Minear, Jason Vogel, Brandon Mumm and Mitchel Sparks.

“This is a great opportunity for our student athletes to see how they compare to other junior college athletes in the nation” said Iowa Lakes Cross Country Coach Molly Struve. “We are lucky that we get the chance to run with some of the best athletes in the nation. It is a great experience for them as athletes and should be an enjoyable trip for the whole team. It is an exciting way to end the season.”

The Iowa Lakes Women’s Cross Country Team will be led by Brittany Ross. Ross earned Second-Team All-Region with her recent ninth place finish at the regional meet.

According to Struve, she hopes to beat her personal best time of 20:17, which she ran earlier this season (on a 5K course).

The other members of the women’s team have been dealing with injuries and a illness, but should be ready to compete on Saturday.

The Iowa Lakes Men’s Cross Country Team, which has showed steady improvement throughout the season, will be led by Bart Zimmer and Brandon Minear.

Both are focusing on achieving a personal best time for nationals and would like to finish in the top half of the pack. Mumm, Vogel and Sparks are all very close together and are focusing on gaining team points for this meet.

The men compete in an 8K race.