LARP runners visit Winona for Jim Flim Invitational

Andrew McNeill
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Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson cross country teams went head-to-head with some of the region’s top runners last weekend when they ran in the Jim Flim Invitational. Big-school teams from Minnesota and Wisconsin participated, putting the LARP runners to one of their stiffest tests of the season. The Flim Invitational, normally held at the rugged and hilly course at St. Mary’s University, was moved from that location due to wet course conditions. Instead, runners toured a flatter course near the Winona Senior High School.

Boy’s varsity race

LARP sophomore Luke O’Hare, who has won the last two races he’s entered, had his hands full with this field. O’Hare still ran very well, finishing 7th and clocking 17:11 for the 5000-meter course. Aidan Ellinghuysen was the next LARP finisher, placing 13th in 17:36. Tyler Rislov came in nearly a minute later, grabbing 47th and running 18:35. Ricky Buchanan and Mitchell Ledebuhr were only a second apart, with Buchanan placing 55th (18:46) and Ledebuhr 56th (18:47). Rounding out the LARP boys varsity were Aleric Frick (71st place, 19:16) and Andrew Hoiness (84th, 19:41). Winona High junior Carter Briggs was the individual champion, touring the course in 16:26 and top the 109-runner boy’s varsity field.

Winona High also won the boy’s team title with 46 points. Albert Lea was the runner-up with 78, and Onalaska placed third with 97. The LARP boys notched 175 points to place 8th in the 15-team varsity field.

Girls’ varsity race

The Onalaska girls had a banner day in Winona, claiming both the individual and team titles. Onalaska sophomore Kora Malecek led the 90-runner girl’s field with a time of 19:03. The top LARP finisher was sophomore Hannah Linder, who placed 70th in 23:31. Right behind Linder was freshman Grace Buchanan, placing 71st in 23:33. Inyka Johnson, also a freshman, was the final LARP finisher in the girl’s varsity race, clocking 27:01 to grab 85th place.

Onalaska crammed four runners into the top ten to tally 26 points and snatch the team trophy. Faribault was the runner-up with 102, Winona third (103) Belle Plaine fourth (107) and  Rochester Century (124) rounded out the top five in the 11-team girls field. LARP once again failed to field a complete five-runner team required to record a team score.


LARP cross country teams are scheduled to run in the Pine Island invitational on Thursday, Sept 27. We’ll have results of that race in the next issue.