The Rush City cross-country teams darted their way to an solid finish in the Class A division at the Milaca Mega Meet last Saturday. Junior Garrett Larson placed 43rd (18:17.4) out of 181 competitors, while junior Sammi Oscarson came in 97th (18:01.8), and senior Courtney Arvidson finished 105th (18:09.8) out of 193 runners.
Since all the Tiger runners ran in their own grade group races – seventh, eighth, freshman, sophomore and varsity – both varsity teams were incomplete.
Sophomore boys were the only complete Rush City team, and placed 13th out of 25 full teams in that race.
“This was the largest number of runners ever for this meet, about 5600 from 150 different schools,” Coach Kevin Smith said. “Our kids did well today against great competition. Most of the runners were in the top 50 percent of finishers in their age group race, and others the top 25 or 15 percent. We had several kids lower their best finishing time today, with all the 9th graders and older runners improving from the first meet at this same course. Some of those times were two or even three minutes faster, which is fantastic! We are very proud of our squad, with both the effort and the preparation for this huge race.”
The Rush City boys and girls cross-country teams will compete in an invitational at St. John’s Prep at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.