Just days after LARPH’s boys nipped Cotter’s guys by one point at the PEM cross country invite, the squads again butted heads at the TRC Meet. The Ramblers avenged their loss, downing LARPH 38 to 41. The teams finished 1-2 last year too but by wider margin (52 to 71). GMLOS (121) took a distance third. LFC (175) took seventh and Chatfield (187) ninth of 10 complete teams. Cotter 8th grader Erik Semling (16:07.4) took first over a trio of seniors, W-K’s Cole Arens (16:28.5), Rambler John Fritts (16:55.3), and LARPH’s Ryan Prinsen (17:08.8). Six of the top seven were either from Cotter or LARPH. Brennan Kunst (17:14.3) took fifth and Aaron Ploetz (17:34.6) seventh for LARPH, Ryan Littlefield (17:30.4) sixth for Cotter. Kunst smashed his best time of the year set at D-E (17:39). He ran 18:33.10 at last year’s TRC Meet (15th place). The Ramblers had runners 1, 3, 6, 13, and 15, LARPH runners 4, 5, 7, 11, and 14. Isaac Rasmussen (17:42.4) and Tyler Betthauser (17:49.9) were LARPHs fourth and fifth scoring runners. Treyton Heyland (20th > 18:07.4), Hunter Rislov (21st > 18:11.5), and Matthew Sprague (24th > 18:29.7) gave LARPH eight guys in the top 25. All eight had season-best or second-best times. Betthauser, Sprague, and Rislov joined Kunst with their best. Wyatt Kreidermacher did not run. GMLOS’ top guy, Carter Glynn (17:36.8), took 8th to grace the top 10. Teammates Erik Shaw (17th > 17:59.3) and Teague Alden (23rd > 18:28.4) also made the top 25. LFC’s top 25 finishers were Isaac Snyder (16th > 17:50.6) and Riley Grant (22nd > 18:19.5). Chatfield’s top finisher was Maddex Lanning (27th > 18:49.7). One-hundred-twenty-nine runners competed at the 5,000-meter course.
On the girls side, Cotter (44) was again champion, over LFC (85) and Chatfield (95). It was LFC’s highest TRC finish since their 2016 title. LARPH took 7th, GMLOS 8th, and Kingsland 11th (of 11 teams). Cotter junior Sonja Semling (19:05.2) won her fourth straight TRC individual title, topping Chatfield’s Lexi Kivimagi (19:53.6). Kivimagi’s time was her second sub-18-minute mark of the season, her best of the year. She notched her third straight TRC Meet top five (3rd in 2021, 5th in 2022). LFC’s Autumn Rakosnik took third (19:57.2), also running sub-20. Gopher Charlotte Oeltjen (20:45.1) and Burro Lillyan Kiehne (21:01) took fifth and seventh to make the top 10. Rakosnik, Oeltjen, and Kiehne each put up season-best times. All five LFC scoring runners made the top 30, as Eliza Cullen (22:24.7), Grace Kingsley (22:26.3), and Charity Kingsley (22:38.5) took 25th thru 27th. Marianna Miron (21:55.9) took 22nd to give Chatfield three in the top 25. LARPH had two in the top 25, Lauren Honken (21st > 21:53.8) and 23rd place Caitlyn Bauer (23rd > 22:07.2). Kingsland’s top runner, Kylie Meyer (21:53.1) took 18th. GMLOS top runner, Naomi Warmka (23:09.8) took 30th. Ninety-seven total runners competed at the flat Cedar River Golf Course outside of Adams. All runners to finish top 21 made All-TRC.