There are a number of good ways to combat frigid temperatures – sip on a cup of hot cocoa, curl up under a blanket, or do as the Rush City cross-country teams did in Duluth last Saturday: swiftly run to make the cold feel less freezing.
Rush City runners ran well as snowflakes fell during the Swain Invitational at Enger Golf Course in Duluth.
Garrett Larson came in 47th out of 189 runners with a time of 17:57.4 in the boys 5000-meter run, while Colton Baldwin placed 146th.
Sammi Oscarson crossed the finish line 101st out of 179 in the 4000-meter girls run, and Courtney Arvidson finished 145th.
Both varsity teams were incomplete, so they did not place.
The only team to run was the sophomore boys, which placed fourth out of 13 teams in the invitational.
“All runners were competing in age group races for 10th down to seventh,” coach Kevin Smith said. “This is the hardest course we run on each year, as there are very few long, flat areas. The vast majority of the race is either uphill or downhill, with a few sections requiring running on a side hill. We were happy with all the efforts the runners gave today, especially in the cold (40 degree tempatures) and the very windy conditions.”
The Rush City boys and girls cross-country teams will compete in the Great River Conference Championships at Pine City Golf Course at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 before heading to a meet at Grandy Nine Golf Course at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.