LARP cross country at St. Charles Invitational

TCR/SCOTT BESTUL LARP runners Grady Hengel (left) placed 19th and Mitchell Ledebuhr (right) placed 26th at the St. Charles Invitational held last week.

While it was their third meet in seven days, the LARP cross country teams didn’t seem to be affected by a week full of racing when they competed in the St. Charles Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 26. The boy’s varsity team captured its third team title of the season, and there were enough standout performances that Coach Matt Kingsbury said of his team “the kids were tired on Thursday, but ran extremely well. They’ve made some good improvements the last two weeks…All the coaches have been very impressed with their work ethic and attitude.”

Boys’ results

Luke O’Hare claimed his fifth individual title of the 2019 season, covering the 3.1 mile course in 17:23.9 for the win. But only a half-second separated O’Hare from teammate Tyler Rislove, who clocked 17:24.4 to place second. LARP’s Andrew Hoiness cracked the top ten in the 121-runner field, running 18:29.9 to grab tenth. Ricky Buchanan was next for LARP, placing 14th with a time of 18:38.8. Freshman Grady Hengel rounded out the five scoring runners for LARP, navigating the St. Charles Golf Course in 19:05.3 to place 19th.

Other finishers for LARP included Mitchell Ledebuhr (26th place, 19:27.4), Aaron Prinsen (28th, 19:37.9), Dalton Hoel (43rd, 20:11.2), Brad Colbenson (44th, 20:11.3), Hunter Mart (69th, 21:21.7), Andrew McNeill (101st, 24:43.7), Travis Mensink (103rd, 25:04), Aleks Mindiashvili (111th, 26:22), and Jackson Bergan (117th, 29:19.3).

The LARP boys claimed the team title, scoring 46 points to top the 12-team field. La Crescent-Hokah was second with 56 points, followed by St. Charles (3rd, 88 points), Chatfield (4th, 109), Stewartville (5th, 124), PEM (6th, 152), LFC (7th, 212), D-E (8th, 251), Lake City (9th, 256), GMLOS (10th, 272), Kingsland (11th, 275) and Schaeffer Academy (12th, 333).

While Kingsbury was pleased with the overall performance, he singled out two runners. “Aaron (Prinsen) ran his best race of the year and continues to show improvement each week,” Kingsbury said. “Andrew (Hoiness) has been putting in long, hilly runs on the weekend and those workouts are starting to show up in his racing. St. Charles was his best meet of the season so far.” Kingsbury also highlighted the strong showing of LARP in the junior high boys meet, where LARP also took the team title and Ryan Prinsen was the individual winner (12:40.9 for the two-mile course).

Girls’ results

Though they didn’t field a complete team, the LARP girls turned in some solid performances at St. Charles. Hannah Linder was the top LARP finisher, covering the 5K course in 23:33.9 to finish 26th. Grace Buchanan wasn’t far behind, placing 31st and running 23:41.3. Jennessa Larsen was the final LARP entrant in the varsity race; she placed 88th with a time of 27:19.6. Stewartville’s Kailee Malone was the individual medalist, topping the 123-runner girls field with a time of 20:44.0.

There were eight scoring teams in the girls field, and Stewartville claimed the trophy with 39 points. PEM took the runner-up spot with 55 points, followed by Chatfield (3rd, 79), LaCrescent-Hokah (4th, 93), Rochester Century (5th, 131), LFC (6th, 152), GMLOS (7th, 179) and Lake City (8th, 181).

Kingsbury was pleased with the girls’ performance, and singled out LARP’s junior high team for their effort at St. Charles. ”Lauren (Honken) and Ellie (Ekern) finished 1-2 and both of them ran really well. They both continue to improve every week.”


The LARP cross country teams host their home invitational on Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Lewiston Country Club beginning at 4:30 p.m. We’ll have results of that meet in next week’s issue.