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Laker women’s XC runs strong at Iowa Intercollegiate Meet

September 17, 2012
Estherville Daily News

AMES - The 25th-ranked Iowa Lakes Women's Cross Country Team finished ahead of other community college at the Iowa Intercollegiate meet held in Ames on Saturday.

The Lakers placed sixth overall in the event which was won by host Iowa State with 24 points, Missouri was second with 35 points followed by the University of Wisconsin-La Cross with 83, Wartburg with 137, Grand View with 142 and Iowa Lakes with 179. Des Moines Area Community College placed seventh with 210 points.

The Iowa State course is much more challenging than the other courses we have run on this year," said Iowa Lakes coach Molly Struve. "It has hills throughout and the ending is a slow uphill slant for about a quarter mile. This is the best competition we have seen all season as well."

Leah Courtney led the Lakers with a 36th place finish in 20 minutes, 19 seconds on the 5K course. Melissa Gjerde placed 79th in 23:25, Sydney Park placed 81st in 23:33, Karen Gonzalez placed 84th in 24:07, Sam Piehl placed 86th in 24:20, Emilee Hanson placed 93rd in 26:06, Alyssa Ayers placed 96th in 26:30 and Ashley Weston Placed 97th in 26:33.

"Sydney Park was back competing this weekend, so that will hopefully help our team stay in the rankings, and possibly move up a little higher," said Iowa Lakes coach Molly Struve. "Leah Courtney had another strong race this weekend and managed to stay close to her previous times. Our second through fifth runners were all within a minute of each other, but they are still working on staying within two to three minutes of Leah."

Andrew Kruger led the Laker men with a 104th place finish in 30:09 on the 8K course. Teague Anderson was next in 126th place in 32:37.

"He was only 28 seconds off his time from last week, which is impressive given that it was a much more difficult course," said Struve. Teague Anderson also did well, considering this is his second five-mile race of the season. He stepped it up from last week and had a strong finish."

Also running, Luke Hinton placed 129th in 33:07, Kyle Kephart placed 1131st in 34:46 and Cody Wikoff placed 132nd in 35:10."

Next meet is Friday, Sept 21 in Storm Lake, hosted by Buena Vista University.



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