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Spartans' Rosburg heads to state in 1,600 meters

For most high school athletes, participating in a state tournament or meet is a goal for each season, but going to state is becoming routine for one Superior High School runner.

For most high school athletes, participating in a state tournament or meet is a goal for each season, but going to state is becoming routine for one Superior High School runner.

Katie Rosburg will be making the voyage to a state meet for the second time in seven months.

The Spartan junior qualified individually for the WIAA Division 1 State Cross Country meet last November and did the same last week in the 1,600-meter run for the state track and field meet this weekend at the Veterans Memorial Stadium at UW-La Crosse.

"It was a goal, but I didn't put it on my goal sheet at the beginning of the year," Rosburg said. "I thought I would be close and that I had a chance to get there."

Rosburg qualified at the sectional meet with her personal best time of 5 minutes, 26 seconds, one second behind the school record set by Annika Bergman in 2002.

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"I hope to break the school record at state," Rosburg said. "I don't worry about my opponents as much, I just go out there and try to improve my time."

"I'm very pleased and very proud of what Katie has been able to do this year," fourth-year SHS coach Phoebe Miron said.

Rosburg, who also competes in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter relay, said her running style varies depending on the size of the meet.

"If it's a large event I try to stay with the pack in the beginning," Rosburg said. "In smaller events I try to be the leader. I stayed with the pack at regionals and sectionals."

Rosburg's coaches have been happy with her progression this season and attribute her success to her abilities.

"You wouldn't know how good she is from watching her practice," assistant coach Brandy Erholtz said. "She has a lot of natural talent."

The state-bound Rosburg said she likes to take her weekends off from running and relaxes during most of the summer months before preparing for the fall cross country season.

After running the mile for the President's physical fitness test while attending Central Middle School, Rosburg realized running was something she wanted to do competitively in high school.

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The experience Rosburg earned from running in the state cross country meet is something she points to as a helper for getting to state in the 1,600.

"I also think this time will give me more experience for next year," Rosburg said.

Rosburg is competing against a lot of runners at state for the first time. She does not get a chance to see many Wisconsin schools because SHS competes in the Lake Superior Conference with Minnesota schools.

"I think it helps that we're here and competing in the LSC," Miron said. "It would be tough driving to places like Eau Claire during the school week. The students would miss a lot of school."

Rosburg's coaches like her chances at breaking the school record of 5:25 at state.

"We've seen more consistent splits from her," volunteer coach Melissa McCarthy said. "She's running smart."

"She knows when the pressure is on," Erholtz said. "She responds well."

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