Lisa Koll Not Pleased With Her World XC Showing

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 25, 2011

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

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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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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