WEST SALEM, Wis. - The Iowa Lakes Community College cross country teams ran at the Drews/Neubauer Invite hosted by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
The race was the biggest and most competitive meet for the Lakers, according to Iowa Lakes coach Molly Struve.
The event featured 433 runners in the women's race and over 470 in the men's race.
There were only three community colleges at this meet, and most of the other colleges were Division 2 or Division 3 schools, who have some of the best cross country programs in the nation.
Leah Courtney led the Lakers with a 155th-place finish in the 6K race (the women usually run a 5K course). Courtney finished in 24 minutes, 55 seconds. Karen Gonzalez placed 367th in 28:02, Melissa Gjerde placed 388th in 28:48, Sam Piehl placed 393rd in 28:58, Ashley Weston placed 404th in 29:40 and Alyssa Ayers placed 409th in 29:53.
"This competition helped four of our women earn personal best times in the 6K race Karen Gonzalez, Sam Piehl, Ashley Weston and Alyssa Ayers," said Struve. "This is a distance change from what our women are used to, but it is the second 6K they have ran this year. We had two athletes out with injuries for this meet on the women's side (Sydney Park & Emilee Hanson). "Karen and Sam both ran a great races and looked strong throughout the entire 3.71 miles," Struve continued. "They ran very smart races and were able to drop their times significantly from the last 6K race they did less than a month ago. Leah ran strong again this week too, but started off too fast and ended up with a slower pace for the last couple miles."
The Laker men ran an 8K as usual.
Andrew Kruger finished 329th in 29:17 while Teague Anderson placed 438th in 31:16. Luke Hinton finished the course in 33:47.
On the men's side, both Andrew Kruger and Teague Anderson performed very well at this meet," said Struve. "Teague was able to run a personal best time for the season, which considering the weather conditions and the course, was not easy to do. It stormed all night and rained all morning, so the course was very muddy and slippery. Andrew was close to his personal best time, but didn't quite achieve it."
This was the Lakers' last regular season meet. The next meet is the Region 11 meet on Friday, Oct. 26 in Marshalltown.