LARP CC teams shine at Plainview


LARP runner Grace Buchanan, center, finished 33rd with a time of 23:35.0 at last week’s invitational in Plainview.
By: 
Scott Bestul

The LARP girls fielded their first full varsity team of the season at last week’s Jodi Rahman Invitational in Plainview, and they made quite a splash in the process. Not only did Lauren Honken, an eighth grader running in her first varsity meet of the season, place in the top five individuals, but the team placed sixth.  To make the day even better, the LARP boys continued their winning ways, capturing the team title for their third invitational win of the season.

Girls’ results

LARP coach Matt Kingsbury has been running 8th graders Honken and Ellie Ekern in junior high meets this season, but bumped both standout runners up to the varsity team for the Plainview meet. “Both of them ran fantastic races,” Kingsbury said. “They not only surprised me, but every coach at the meet.”

As noted, Honken captured fifth place, covering her first 5K course of the year in 21:30. Ekern just missed a top-10 finish; her time of 22:07.2 was good for 11th place. Hannah Linder was next for LARP, placing 25th and running 22:59.3. Rounding out the LARP squad were Grace Buchanan (33rd, 23:35.0) and Jennessa Larsen (74th, 27:35.6). PEM sophomore Madelyn Simon was the individual medalist, topping the 95-runner girl’s field with a time of 20:23.7.

PEM also claimed the team title, cramming all five of its scoring runners into the top 18 places to tally 48 points. Rochester Area Christian Educators (RACE) took the runner-up spot with 55 points, followed by Cotter (85), Chatfield (101), Pine Island (126), LARP (129), LFC (177), St. Charles (209), and W-K (241).

Boys’ results

Standout runner Tyler Rislov was still resting a hip flexor injury, but the LARP boys didn’t let his absence stop them from claiming another invitational trophy. Luke O’Hare ran away from the 129-runner boys field to bag his 6th individual title of the season, covering the 5K course in 17:22.1.

But Kingsbury pointed to the efforts of Andrew Hoiness, Ricky Buchanan, and Grady Hengel, as keys to winning the team title. “They all ran very solid races,” Kingsbury said. Hoiness placed 6th (18:03.9), Buchanan was 8th (18:16.1), and Hengel was 16th (18:43.7). Rounding out the LARP squad were Mitchell Ledebuhr (27th, 19:23.6), Aaron Prinsen (30th, 19:32.6), Dalton Hoel (36th, 19:51.1), Ryan Prinsen (37th, 19:51.5), Brad Colbenson (44th, 20:08.9), Hunter Mart (51st, 20:31.5), Tyler Betthauser (55th, 20:38.9), Andrew McNeill (111th, 23:45.3), Aleks Mindiashvili (115th, 24:14.4) and Jackson Bergan (123rd, 25:43.6).

As noted, LARP’s 58 points were enough to place them atop the 11-team boys field. Pine Island grabbed the runner-up spot with 87, and RACE was third with 95 points. Rounding out the team scoring were St. Charles (98), PEM (102), Chatfield (118), W-K (182), Cotter (226), D-E (229), LFC (259), and Kingsland (292).

Schedule

The LARP teams return to Plainview’s Piper Hills Golf Course on Tuesday, Oct. 15, for the Three Rivers Conference Meet. We’ll have results of that meet in next week’s issue.