It always helps the team cross country score when your top two runners combine for a three. For a second time this year, LARP boys top two went 1-2, egging the Tro-Cards to victory. At the St. Charles Invite (at SC’s Golf Course), LARP (46) beat nearest foe, section competitor La Crescent (56), to claim the top spot. Junior Luke O’Hare (17:23.9) won his fourth race of the year while sophomore Tyler Rislov (17:24.4) pushed him to the finish, taking runner-up a second time. Andrew Hoiness (10th place, 18:29.9), Ricky Buchanon (14th place, 18:38.3), and Grady Hengel (20th place, 19.05.3) rounded out Matt Kingsbury’s scoring runners. Hengel’s finish was key. La Crescent had four of its runners in the top eight, but their fifth runner took 32nd. Chatfield’s boys took 4th, LFC 7th, and Kingsland 11th (of 12). Gophers Treyton Lanning (12th, 18:36.8), Brady Woltz (17th, 18:55.5), and Alex Wright (21st, 19:09.2) finished top 25, as did Burros Carson Ruen (15th, 18:38.8) and Riley Serfling (22nd, 19:13.5) On the girls’ side, Stewartville (39), PEM (55) and Chatfield (79) went 1-2-3. LFC was 6th, Kingsland and LARP incomplete. Tiger Kailee Malone (20:44) was girls’ champ. Gophers Aletta Strande (7th, 21:47.2) and Tessa McMahon (8th, 21:47.7) as well as Burro Brielle Ruen (9th, 21:59.9) finished top 10. Knight Susan Mettler (19th, 22:59.4) and Gophers Abbi Gillespie (20th, 23:08.1) and Bea Martin (25th, 23:25.9) finished top 25. Each race is 5000 meters.
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