Lisa Koll Not Pleased With Her World XC Showing

Lisa Koll had wanted to do better in Spain. Photo: PhotoRun.net

She placed 40th overall.

Even though she was on a team that took home the bronze medal at the IAAF World Cross-Country Championships, Lisa Koll is not happy with her performance. The Iowa State graduate placed 40th at the race that was held last weekend in Punta Umbria, Spain.

“My fitness is higher than it’s ever been and it’s disappointing not to race at a level that’s indicative of where I am,” she said. “It was just a mediocre day for me. You kind of have those days as an athlete. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting.”

Koll is coached by Jerry Schumacher and is training partners with Shalane Flanagan who took home an individual bronze medal at the race.

Koll recalls that during the race she tried to keep up with teammates Molly Huddle, Blake Russell and Alisa McKaig, but was unable to maintain their pace.

“We all kind of ran together and I felt like I didn’t really pull my weight,” Koll said. “I felt like I could have done more for my team.”

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