O’Hare stampedes to victory at Crazy Buffalo Invitational

LARP sophomore runner Luke O’Hare (left) exchanged leads with Lake City and La Crescent runners throughout the race before com- ing away with the win with a time of 17:03. TCR/SCOTT BESTUL
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The LARP cross country teams enjoyed a beautiful fall day at La Crescent’s Pine Creek Golf Course last Thursday. Sunny skies and low humidity made for perfect race conditions for the Crazy Buffalo Invitational, and LARP coach Matt Kingsbury was pleased with his teams. “I felt we really performed well today,” he said. “Some of our younger runners are getting the feel of racing, which is fun to see.”

Kingsbury had to be happy with sophomore Luke O’Hare, who won the varsity boy’s race with a time of 17:03. O’Hare exchanged leads with runners from La Cres- cent and Lake City throughout the hilly course, but finally prevailed over Lake City senior Hunter Grimm (17:08) to claim the indi- vidual title. The win was O’Hare’s first cross country victory.

Following O’Hare in the LARP scoring lineup were Aidan Elling- huysen (6th place; 17:48), Mitchell

Ledebuhr (13th; 18:23), Tyler Rislove (20th; 18:48), and Ricky Buchanan (21st; 18:56). Rounding out the boy’s varsity squad were Andrew Hoiness (26th; 19:43) Aleric Frick (29th; 20:01), Brad Colbenson (31st; 20:15), Hunter Mart (39th; 21:21), Brendon Honken (53rd; 24:05), Andrew McNeil (58th; 25:46) and C.J. Lee (63rd; 26:58).

The LARP boy’s team scored
61 points, good for third place.
La Crescent-Hokah claimed the team title with 38 points, edging out rival Lake City (39) by a single point. Dover-Eyota was 4th (130), Winona Cotter 5th (145), Waba- sha-Kellogg 6th (154) and Schaffer Academy 7th (169).

In the girl’s race, ninth grader Grace Buchanan was the top finisher for LARP, covering the 4000-meter course in 19:17, good for 22nd place. Sophomore Han- nah Linder was right behind her, placing 23rd in 19:26. Jennessa Larsen placed 31st (21:23) and Ky-

lie Dodge rounded out the LARP entrants, placing 47th with a time of 25:23. Cotter’s Grace Ping was the varsity girl’s medalist, topping the 47-runner girl’s field with a time of 15:46. Cotter also won the team title (25 points) followed by Lake City (34) and La Crescent- Hokah (75). LARP did not field a complete girl’s squad.

The junior high runners faced
a 2600-meter course, and the LARP girl’s squad consisted of four seventh graders; Ellie Ekern placed 4th (11:40) Lauren Honken was 8th (11:57), Ceona Johnson was 14th (12:58) and Sarah Medin was 26th (17:15). The LARP boys were also all 7th graders; Gabe Huelskamp placed third (10:14), Ryan Prinsen grabbed 7th (11:07), Tyler Betthauser was 11th (11:31) and Sam Adamczyk finished 19th (13:22).

LARP was in action Tuesday, Sept 11 at Dover-Eyota High School. Results from this meet will be in next week’s edition.