Tiger racers close season in Milaca

RC girls move up to 10th, boys take 13th

The Rush City girls cross-country team made strides this season, something they showcased at the Section 5A meet Oct. 24 in Milaca.

The Tigers finished 10th place out of 18 teams, a seven-spot improvement from last fall’s finish as well as a jump in times as a team. In 2012, Rush City averaged a time of 19:20 in the 4K section race. This season? They averaged 17:36.

Seventh-grader Elena Herberg had a breakout race as the Tigers’ first runner to cross the finish line in 16:51, good for 36th place in a field of 128 racers.

Senior Kamila Kleiberova followed soon after in 40th place with a time of 16:54, while senior Sammi Oscarson and seventh-grader Ellie Rundquist came in at 77th and 78th, respectively, with times of 17:50 and 17:53. Oscarson dropped 22 seconds from her 2012 section race time.

Ninth-grader Riley McGough closed the scoring for the Tigers in 91st place (18:17), while junior Payton Ramberg finished shortly after in 96th place (18:33).

Head coach Kevin Smith said the girls showed much improvement from last season and throughout this fall.

“Almost all of the girls ran their fastest, so we’re very happy with the individual places,” Smith said. “Our places put us right in the middle of the road, which is fine, but we always want to get better.”

Another feat of the 2013 season for Rush City came at the Great River Conference race two weeks ago when three Tiger runners earned all-conference honors: Kleiberova, Herberg and Oscarson. This was Kleiberova and Oscarson’s senior season.

The Rush City boys cross-country team repeated last season’s section performance of 13th place out of 19 teams at Milaca.

Garrett Larson proved a senior leader as the first Tiger runner to finish in 25th place out of 136 runners with a time of 17:43.

Junior Kevin Nelson dropped seven seconds off his time from last fall for 55th place in 18:33, while junior Zeth Langworthy placed soon after in 58th place with a time of 18:46, shaving a minute off his section finish in 2012.

Sophomore Devan Larson crossed the finish line next for the Tigers in 19:18, good for 81st. Junior Collin Yaritz closed the scoring for Rush City with a time of 19:40 (98th place).

The Tiger boys also tallied three all-conference honors at the Great River Conference meet: Garrett Larson, Nelson and Langworthy.

“We didn’t have anybody qualify for state, but it was a successful year and we will hopefully return those runners who aren’t seniors and continue to improve,” Smith said. These seniors have been great leaders for us—just a good group of kids.”

Garrett Larson, Joe Laursen, Chase Grant and and Caleb Swanson were the seniors for the Rush City boys team.

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