A year ago, LARP’s Luke O’Hare had a break-out season. He won about every regular season cross country race he entered, including the TRC Meet. This year has been a redo. O’Hare hasn’t been beaten too often. At the TRC meet, the R-P junior (17:06.75) bested St. Charles’ Andrew O’Hara (17:21.99) and PEM’s Samson Hagen (17:28.42) for the boy’s title, repeating as champ. O’Hare was around 24 seconds faster than last year (17:30.2). For a second year, LARP’s boys (57) took second, this time to La Crescent (50). Chatfield (83) took third. LFC was sixth, Kingsland ninth of 11. Andrew Hoiness (6th, 18:01.9), Ricky Buchanon (9th, 18:11.78), and Grady Hengel (12th, 18:25.9) gave LARP four in the top 12. Tyler Rislov did not run. Chatfield’s five scoring guys, Alex Wright (11th, 18:22.61), Treyton Lanning (15th, 18:29.25), Brady Woltz (16th, 18:29.80), Evan Wright (20th, 18:37.29), and Logan Thompson (21st, 18:42.23) all finished top 25. LFC’s Carson Ruen (14th, 18:27.30) and Riley Serfling (23rd, 18:53.87), Kingsland’s Garrison Hubka (17th, 18:33.37) went top 25 as well. A-Wright (22 spots, 1:14 better), Woltz (22 spots, 1:36 better), and Serfling (20 spots, 1:27 better) moved up a bunch from 2018. PEM’s Madilyn Simon (1st, 19:47.13) and Molly Kate Hagen (2nd, 19:49.04) led PEM (36) to the girls’ team title over Cotter (66) and Chatfield (82). LARP took fifth, LFC sixth, and Kingsland was incomplete. Gopher Aletta Strande (20:34.49) took third. Teammates Tessa McMahon (13th, 21:46.99), Abbi Gillespie (21st, 22:01:31), and Katelyn Dornack (25th, 22:25.95) also finished top 25. LARP had four in the top 25 too, Lauren Honken (8th, 21:20.96), Grace Buchanon (19th, 21:55.10), Ellie Ekern (20th, 20:00.7), and Hannah Linder (24th, 22:22.55). LFC’s Brielle Ruen (11th, 21:39.62) finished top 15. Strande (1:16.5), Honken (1:21), and Ruen (1:34) each shaved a bunch of their 2018 times.
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