RC runners on track for faster finishes

The Rush City boys cross country team placed sixth, while the girls team was incomplete at the Pine City Invitational last Thursday.

Garrett Larson was the first Tiger boy to cross the finish line, coming in eighth out of 72 competitors in the 5000m run. Kevin Nelson placed 14th; Devan Larson, 39th; Colton Baldwin, 57th; and Ethan Rundquist, 62nd.

The first Tiger girl to come in was Sammi Oscarson, placing 31st out of 73 runners in the 4000m contest. Courtney Arividson finished 35th and Payton Ramberg, 38th.

“Both Garrett and Kevin had very good races today,” said Coach Kevin Smith. “They pushed their first mile pace and held onto a faster overall mile pace than last week to finish with good times and in the top flight of runners. Garrett was just under six minute per mile and Kevin was just over that threshold. We need this to continue and hopefully get all the other boys who ran varsity or JV to lower their individual paces as well. Devan also had a good day, breaking the 20 minute barrier.

“The team ran tough workouts the prior two days to the meet, so Coach Vaughan and I feel that later by the end of the season when we taper down our workouts, the conditioning will result in faster finishing times. The entire squad has been working hard in practices, and the result is faster race times,” Smith explained.

The Rush City boys and girls cross country teams will compete in an invitational at North Branch Golf Course at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. Following the team races, 1k and 2k fun runs will take place free of charge and open to all fans.

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