After being postponed a day due to cold rain and snow, the Section 5A Cross Country Championships took place with the top three Tiger boy runners achieving new personal records.
As a team the boys came in 13th out of 21 teams at Pierz Golf Course last Friday, while the girls team finished 17th.
Junior Garrett Larson was the first Tiger boy to finish, taking 24th out of 143 competitors with a new personal record (PR) of 17:39.1.
Sophomore Kevin Nelson came in 57th with a new PR of 18:40.6, while freshman Ethan Rundquist also created a new PR, placing 60th in 18:43.6.
Freshman Devan Larson finished 75th (18:53.6), sophomore Zeth Langworthy 100th (19:47.5), senior Colton Baldwin 101st (19:48.2) and sophomore Mason Stevens 126th (21:14.6).
Eighth grader Riley McGough was the first Tiger girl to cross the finish line coming in 84th out of 130 runners with a time of 18:06.2.
Junior Sammi Oscarson placed 86th (18:12.1), and sophomore Payton Ramberg 91st (18:26.5).
Eighth graders Brooke Necowitsch crossed the finish line in 119th (20:07.1), Elly Johnson 126th (21:51.2) and Lydia Moe 129th (22:57.4), while seventh grader Ella Blazek finished 130th (22.57.9).
“Garrett really worked hard to lower his best time, going out very fast on the first mile and holding his position to the best of his ability,” said coach Kevin Smith. “Ethan came in with a strong finish as did Devan. Hopefully the boys will work hard next summer and show the improvement we saw from last season. We only lose Colton to graduation, so this is a young team and next year looks promising for big improvements in the team results.”
Smith added, “The girls team also is very young and inexperienced. Today we had three girls run their first varsity race, so they were over-matched by the strong competition of the older girls from other squads. We were happy with the effort today, but we need to see lower times to improve our team place. This can happen with good summer running next year. We need the girls to get stronger with more miles and then their race times should improve. Overall both teams had a nice season,with many highlights, though we hope to see improvements next year.”
The 2012 season ended for the Rush City boys and girls cross country teams at the Section 5A Championship, since only the first and second place teams and the top eight individuals who are not a member of the first or second place teams, qualify for the state championships.