A few Rush City boys cross-country runners likely loaded their bodies with carbohydrates the day before the St. John’s Prep Johnny Bread Run, drawing on that stored energy to post respectable times.
The boys cross-country team took fourth place out of seven teams, while the girls team was incomplete in the run last Thursday.
Crossing the finish line first for the Tiger boys was Garrett Larson, placing 10th out of 82 runners with a time of 18:52 in the 5k run. Kevin Nelson came in 13th (19:10), Andy Johnson 21st (19:49), Devan Larson 28th (20:17), Colton Baldwin 33rd (20:35), Ethan Rundquist 38th (20:55) and Zeth Langworthy 40th (21:07).
Sammi Oscarson placed 19th out of 67 competitors in the girls 4k run, while Payton Ramberg finished 22nd.
“The team ran well today over the trails in the woods,” Coach Kevin Smith said. “The course is not one that allows runners to get their fastest times, as it is hilly and the footing is rough, so times are not that important. All of our kids were very competitive in their races, with very good results.”
The Rush City boys and girls cross country teams will compete in the Swain Invitational at Enger Golf Course in Duluth at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.