BENZONIA — Reed City and Pine River competed at the Division 3 cross country race at Benzie Central on Saturday and three Coyotes have qualified for the state finals Saturday at Michigan International Speedway, near Brooklyn.

For Reed City boys, Brandon Wirth ran a PR time of 16:15.99 while finishing third overall. Calvin Rohde finished 14th and also PREd with a time of 16:49.62.  Ryan Simmons was 65th with a PR of 19:19.65, Heaven Hurley 82nd with a season record of 20:58.17, and Jackie Chan 95th with a time of 26:26. Reed City was 10th out of 14 teams.

"Brandon Wirth is one of the hardest working kids we have. He's a team captain and a natural leader,” Reed City coach Richard Saladin said. “He worked very hard and he definitely earned it. Third overall is very special. He had an amazing finish making up about five meters over the last 100 to go from fourth to third. Calvin also had a great kick at the end to earn a trip to the finals. He was sitting in 19th place headed around the corner into the last 100 meters. He passed five runners and gave it everything he had to earn a medal.”

For the girls, freshman Abbigail Kiaunis was 15th overall while setting a school record with a time of 19:41.69. Several girls set personal records: Taylor Harrison 26th overall (20:32.06), Olivia Thompson 37th (21:33.53), Leigha Johnson 60th (23:01.24), Brooke Miller 66th (23:42.02),and Abigaile Johnson 67th (23:44.45).  The girls were sixth out of 15 teams.

"The girls all ran extremely well,” Saladin said. “At the two-mile mark, Abbi Kiaunis was in a pack of seven girls all jockeying for 15th place, final qualifying place for state.  At mile 3, Abbi was about eight meters behind and she had an amazing kick over the final 100 meters to qualify for state and win a regional medal. She set the school record, and she's only a freshman. Harrison also had an excellent run Thompson finished her cross country career with a PR.”

"One of our first meets of the season was at Benzie,” coach Susan Saladin said. “To see the progression of all of our runners from the beginning of the season to now, it's really amazing. Lots of hours running and getting better.  I think they are all pretty happy with how well they did today.

“Abbi will be the first girl from Reed City at the finals since 2009.  No boys from RC have gone since 2012.”

Pine River boys were 13th and the girls were ninth.

For the boys, Jayce Methner was 53rd (18:28.46), Maverick Holmes 64th (19:18.65), Kaden Darrow 72nd (19:40.93), Sam Pentces 79th (20:18.75) and Mark Geer (21:33.79) 83rd.

For the girls, Anselma Barnett was 30th (21:02.66), Payton Fulmerhouser 35th (21:24.97), Kelsi Charles 39th (21:38.36), Becca Horan 50th (22:16.37) and Logan Powell 57th (22:50.1).


SHEPHERD — Crossroads' girls track team was third and Evart fourth in the Division 4 regionals at Shepherd on Friday.

Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart was first (15), Carson City Crystal second (58), Crossroads Academy third (91) and Evart fourth. The top three teams advance to the state finals at Michigan International Speedway.

For Evart, Sophia Scott was 14th (22:07.60), Sarah Nelson was 20th (23:17.80), Macey Wallace 24th (23:47.10), Rose Clark 32nd (25:01.20), and Arianna Mooney 49th (28:19.80).

Evart was sixth for the boys and Crossroads 10th.

Austin Hamilton of Evart qualified for state (16:40.70) by taking second. Nathan Woods was 10th (17:14.10), Tanner Ryan was 32nd (18:24.10), Jacob Quist 36th (18:30.9) and Richard Foster 42nd (19:12.40).