Linn's Tylor Rush a running machine determined to break 16

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Photos By Kyle Quick
Tyler Rush led from start to finish to win the Owensville Cross-Country Invitational, crushing the course record.

Owensville, Mo. – Forget the fact Tyler Rush (Linn High School) smashed the course record, won by 53 seconds, and a career best of 16:02.44. in Tuesday’s Owensville Cross-Country Invitational.  That was not on his mind.  Rush’s focus was to achieve one thing, run under 16 minutes. 

Rush not only ran a career best but for the first time this year his left hamstring tightened up, however that did not faze him one bit.

Rush commented about his hamstring, “My hamstring just started tightening up really bad and felt like it was going to pull because I was trying to stride out down hills…it just wouldn’t let me with my left leg.”

Even with Rush’s hamstring tightening up he refused to lose focus.  “It’s just the mindset, wanting to break 16 so bad I’m not going to let anything stand in my way.”

Linn High School is known for their success in cross-country and producing great runners, however Coach Tim Bower says Rush may end up being the best runner to ever come through Linn.

Tyler Rush helped from the finish line after running a career best time.

Bower said, “Tyler [Rush] is the type of runner who will run to his limits.  I know every race he will give everything he has…there is no holding back.”

Bower has been fortunate to watch Rush from seventh grade on as he slowly developed into the runner he is today.

Bower said, “It’s pretty amazing, back when he was a seventh grader Tyler was just a little runt. And the last couple of years he really shot up and matured into an awesome runner.”

“We’ve had a lot of great athletes at Linn over the years, been very blessed to work with some really good kids.  I think by the time it’s over with Tyler could be our number one runner ever…could be the best distance runner we’ve ever produced out of Linn and that’s say a lot especially with the program we’ve had at Linn through the years.”

Time will tell as the senior has one race before districts, which will be at his home course.  In the beginning of Sept. during Linn’s meet Rush ran 16:33, which was very early in the season. Since then his slowest time has been 16:09.

Steve Prefontaine, said  “Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.”