LARP cross country hosts home invitational

TCR/SCOTT BESTUL LARP cross country standout Luke O’Hare earned a third place nish with a time of 17:12.4 at the home invitational last Thursday.
Scott Bestul

Hundreds of area cross country runners gathered at the Lewiston Country Club for the Ole Olmstead Invitational on Thursday, Oct. 3. In what was easily the coldest meet of the 2019 season, LARP runners performed well against some stiff competition. In addition to several top 1A schools, LARP runners had to face 2A Winona Senior High, a last-minute entrant into the meet due to a cancellation in their schedule.

Boys’ results

For the second time in two weeks, LARP standout Luke O’Hare had to face off against one of the top 2A runners in the state. Winona senior Carter Briggs prevailed once again, though O’Hare gave Briggs and his Winhawks teammate Cody Peterson all they could handle for much of the race. Briggs grabbed first on the hilly course, finishing in 16:50.2 to top the 148-runner boy’s field. Peterson was second in 17:03.4 and O’Hare ran 17:12.4. to claim third place. LARP’s other varsity finishers were Andrew Hoiness (12th place, 18:03.6), Ricky Buchanan (16th, 18:19.6), Mitchell Ledebuhr (21st, 18:55.8), Aaron Prinsen (26th, 19:19.2), Brad Colbenson (32nd, 19:25.7), Dalton Hoel (49th, 20:05.6), Hunter Mart (63rd, 20:37.2), Jackson Bergan (98th, 22:23.8), Andrew McNeill (117th, 23:16.2), and Aleks Mindiashvili (127th, 24:19.0).

Winona also claimed the team title, placing its five scoring runners in the top 17 to rack up 34 points and best the 12-team boys varsity field. LaCrescent-Hokah took the runner-up spot with 71 points, and LARP—operating without standouts Tyler Rislov and Grady Hengel—was third (78 points). Rounding out the scoring were Pine Island (4th, 114), Roch. Lourdes (5th, 127), St. Charles (6th, 146), W-K (7th, 199), LFC (8th, 240), Kingsland (9th, 269), D-E (10th, 278), GMLOS (11th, 295) and Hayfield (12th, 321).

LARP coach Matt Kingsbury called the day “overall, a good meet for everyone. We rested Tyler Rislov as he is fighting a sore hip flexor. Some notable performances were Jackson Bergan, who improved his personal best time by 90 seconds, and Brad Colbenson running his best race of the year so far. Andrew Hoiness also had another personal best.”

The LARP boys claimed a pair of titles in the middle school race. Ryan Prinsen won the individual crown, running 12:17.1 for the two-mile course. LARP also won the team trophy, scoring 26 points to top the five complete teams in the middle school field.

Girls’ results

The LARP girls did not have a complete team in the varsity event, but their three runners performed well. Junior Hannah Linder was the top LARP finisher, placing 23rd and covering the 5K course in 22:51.9. Sophomore Grace Buchanan wasn’t far behind; her time of 22:56.7 was good enough for 25th place. Jennessa Larsen was LARP’s final entrant, placing 65th and clocking 27:21.6. Rochester Lourdes’ Lauryn Renier claimed medalist honors, covering the 5K course in 19:42.6 to top the 88-runner girls’ varsity field.

Winona grabbed the varsity girls’ team title, scoring 39 points and besting the nine-team girls field. Lourdes was second (53 points), followed by LaCrescent-Hokah (87), Pacelli(109), Pine Island (131), LFC (142), St. Charles (170), GMLOS (185), and W-K (233). 

The girls middle school team continued to shine, finishing second (47 points) among the four complete teams. Pine Island won the team trophy with 41 points. LARP boasted the individual champion, with Lauren Honken covering the two-mile course in 13:21.8 for the win. “Lauren is dominating the junior high girls races,” Kingsbury said. Most of the kids are tired now, which is to be expected due to the amount of work they’re putting in to prepare for the important races coming up.”


The LARP cross country teams travel to the Piper Hills Golf Course in Plainview on Tuesday, Oct. 8. We’ll have results of that meet in our next issue.