The last two seasons, LFC girls cross country qualified for state. A three-peat probably went out the window last winter. Kiera Olson and Leah Ruen were destined to graduate. Emily Snyder tore her ACL in basketball. Only one of LFC’s top four runner from last year’s Section Meet, Kaylee Arndt, returned. At the 2017 1A Meet, the frosh took 14th place, which was one of the top eight finishers not from a team. She will head to Northfield alone. First place Cotter (45), and second place Stewartville (69), combined to place seven girls in the top 13. Cotter sisters Grace (18:11.9) and Lauren Ping (19:00.7) went 1-2. Chatfield (8th) was the top county team. Tessa McMahon took 24th and Isabelle Berg 41st. LFC finished 11th. LARP finished 13th with Hannah Linder taking 34th, Emily Didier 42nd, and Grace Buchanon 43rd. Kingsland finished 22nd (of 22). Matt Steiger’s individual title (16:01.5) helped La Crescent (85) to the boys team title. Rochester Area Home School (95) took second to also qualify for state. LARP finished 14th, Chatfield 15th, LFC 21st, and Kingsland 22nd (of 23). The top county runners were LARP’s Aidan Ellinghuysen (31st) and Mitchell Ledebuhr (42nd). LARP stand-out Luke O’Hare didn’t compete.
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