LARP cross country travels to Dover-Eyota Invite

Scott Bestul

The LARP boys and girls cross country teams battled heat, humidity, and their first full five-kilometer course of the season at last Tuesday’s Dover-Eyota Invitational. Once again led by individual winner Luke O’Hare, the LARP boys placed second in the seven-team varsity field.

LARP was not able to field a full girl’s varsity team for the second time this season.

Boys’ results

The Dover-Eyota course was a full 5K (3.1 miles), the standard distance for cross country in the state, but the first time LARP runners have run that race in 2019 competition (last week’s Crazy Buffalo Invite in La Crescent featured a 4.8 mile course). That bump in distance didn’t faze O’Hare, who remains the runner to beat in Section 1A boys cross country this fall. Grabbing his second invitational victory of the season, O’Hare easily outran the 78-runner boy’s varsity field to win in 17:24.

Teammate Tyler Rislov nearly made it a 1-2 LARP finish, as he battled Plainview Elgin Millville’s Samson Hagen right to the finish line, but Hagen grabbed second (17:43.5) and Rislov settled for third (17:43.6). Ricky Buchanan was the next LARP finisher (10th place, 18:52), followed by Grady Hengel (12th, 19:05), and Andrew Hoiness (14th, 19:20).

Rounding out LARP’s varsity squad were Aaron Prinsen (25th, 20:56), Dalton Hoel (27th, 21:11), Brad Colbenson (30th, 21:33), Jackson Bergan (60th, 25:13) and Andrew McNeill (65th, 25:57).

Lake City grabbed the varsity team title away from LARP for the second week in a row. Despite LARP’s 1-3 finish, Lake City crammed all five of its scoring runners between fourth and ninth place to score 33 points and top the seven-team field. LARP was close behind in second (40 points), followed by PEM (81), Rochester Area Christian Educators (RACE) with 89. The host Dover-Eyota Eagles were fifth (135 points), followed by GMLOS (166) and LFC (173).

LARP runners were second in the junior high boy’s race, finishing with 31 points to RACE’s 27 points. Top finishers for LARP were Ryan Prinsen (first place, 13:17), Tyler Betthauser (third, 13:55), Sam Adamczyk (seventh, 14:21) Jonah Buchanan (15th, 15:52) and Jake Rasmussen (21st, 16:51).

Girls’ results  

LARP only entered two runners in the girl’s varsity race. Hannah Linder was the top finisher, placing 22nd and clocking 25:48. Grace Buchanan wasn’t far behind her teammate, finishing in 25:33 and placing 24th.

Lake City freshman Jacy Majerus claimed her second individual title in as many weeks, topping the 66-runner girl’s field in 21:02. Lake City also grabbed its second team title of the season, placing its five scoring runners in the top eleven places to record 34 points. RACE claimed second in the team race with 53 points, followed by PEM (third, 82), LFC (fourth, 85) and GMLOS (fifth, 116). 

Coach Matt Kingsbury elected to run all four of his younger runners in the junior high girl’s race, where they performed well. Lauren Honken ran the 3.2K (1.99 miles) course in 14:42, good enough for third place. Ellie Ekern was fourth (14:50), Ceona Johnson placed 21st (17:45) and Sarah Medin was 45th (22:38).


The LARP boy’s and girl’s cross country teams will travel to the Pine Island Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 4:30 p.m. We’ll have the results of that meet in next week’s issue.