TCR-LARP stars run personal bests at MSHSL state cross-country meet

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Peaking at the end of the season is the goal of every athlete, and by that measure Luke O’Hare and Aidan Ellinghuysen have a lot to be happy about. The LARP cross country runners not only qualified for the MSHSL Class A State Cross-Country Meet, they both ran their fastest time of the season at state.


O’Hare, the standout sophomore who captured the Section 1A title last week in Rochester, placed 41st, covering the 5000-meter course in 16:55.0. Senior teammate Aidan Ellinghuysen, running in the last meet of his cross-country career, placed 97th and ran 17:26.6. “I was very proud of Luke and Aidan,” said LARP coach Matt Kingsbury. “Both ran their personal best times, and when you do that at the biggest meet of the season, the coach cannot ask for any more. The best part of the meet was to see their smiling faces at the end of the race. It was a great experience for both of them, and they had the support of many of their teammates, who came there to watch and cheer them on.”


Geno Uhrbom, a sophomore from Greenway-Nashwauk, was the individual champion, besting the 176-runner boy’s field at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Uhrbom’s time was 15:38 for the 5K course; he was 18 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. Perham captured the 1A boy’s team title with 64 points. The two teams that advanced from Section 1A, PEM (217 points) and Lake City (300), placed 10th and 15th, respectively.  There were 16 teams in the boy’s field.


Winona Cotter star sisters Grace and Lauren Ping, who finished 1-2 in the Section 1A meet, pulled off the same feat at state. Grace topped the 175-runner girl’s field, hitting the finish chute in 17:19. 4. Lauren was second in 17:41.5. Perham also won the girl’s team title with 94 points. Cotter and Lake City, the teams that advanced from Section 1A, were third (140 points) and sixth (198 points) respectively.  There were 15 teams in the girl’s field.


Kingsbury, who returns the majority of his boy’s team and all of the girl’s squad, is already excited about the 2019 season. “I’m looking forward to it, and I hope the kids are too!” he said.