Laura Brensing

Head Coach

     Coach Brensing is from the small, booming town of Great Bend, Kansas. A place where a hard work ethic will get you places. She is a member of the Great Bend 2001 cross country state championship team and has used her experience to build a passion for coaching.

     After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in Physical Education, Brensing pursued her dreams of teaching and coaching at Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, Kansas. Coaching a smaller team helped Brensing to hone in and find her own coaching style.

     After accepting a position with the teaching staff at Lawrence High School in 2015, Brensing was under the supervision of Coach Anderson. After that first year she learned quickly of what she wanted to see from a team and how she was going to shape things accordingly. 

     Coach Brensing was promoted to Head Coach in 2016 with Coach Anderson's retirement, and the learning curve was steep. In the end, she was able to gain the trust of her athletes and they excelled. 2016 saw her help guide Carson Jumping Eagle and Anna DeWitt to State appearances. A year later, newcomer-at-the-time, Evann Seratte made her State cross country debut in 2017 after qualifying out of regionals.

     In the spring of 2017, she helped to coach Hannah Stewart to a runner-up finish in the 800m at the State Championships. In 2018, she added to her résumé and coached Evann Seratte to the 800m title with Hannah Stewart coming in 3rd. Her 4x800m girls made it to State with a season-best 9:47 where they captured 6th, respectively. Collectively, her distance girls racked up 19 points in distance events, adding to the team State Championship effort.

     Fall of 2018 brought about new blood to the program and only helped to put the program on track for future success. Freshman Jack Ryan catapulted his way to the top of the varsity with his 17:06.1 clocking. Brensing's coaching brought about two varsity squads that were in real contention of qualifying as teams but due to some late fatigue and outside factors, the teams were sent home without qualifiers.

     The Spring of 2019 saw success for Brensing's young harriers as they took to the track and excelled. The girls repeated as State champions and scored a collective 23 points on the distance side which included a stellar 5:08.62 3rd place finish in the 1600m by Hannah Stewart; who later came back to run a 2:16.866 for a runner-up medal by .001! Her 4x800m squad pulled off a surprise showing with their runner-up finish in the last 100m by anchor Evann Seratte. 

     Everything is moving in the right direction! This summer of 2019 is off to a great start and with a fresh crop of new runners funneling in from the middle schools, there is little doubt in Brensing's mind that they will be turning heads come October!