Area area runners qualify for state meet

Reed City runners pick up the pace at the regional race on Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Reed City runners pick up the pace at the regional race on Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

BUCKLEY – Reed City will be sending two boys and two girls to the state cross country meet Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

The Reed City girls were fourth and the boys sixth at the Division 3 regionals on Saturday.

“We were very, very pleased by our performances yesterday,” Reed City coach Rich Saladin said. “All 14 of our runners either set a personal record or season record. They definitely ran their best race of the year. Our goal was to push for that third girls team spot and we ended up short. The effort was there, we just got beat out by a better team.”

McBain had an 89 for third place while Reed City was fourth at 106.

For Reed City, Abbigail Kiaunis was sixth (16:58.02), Nora Smoes 20th (20:55.3), Claudia Francke 23rd (21:27.48), Paige Lofquist was 31st (22:07.15) and Olivia Lewis 32nd (22:08.27).

“Abbigail Kiaunis punched her ticket to the state finals for the fourth consecutive year, which is a first for any cross country runner at Reed City,” Saladin said. “She’s had a tremendous career. She broke her own school record at 18:58. Breaking 19 has been a goal of hers. I am so proud of that girl.

“Nora Smoes also earned a trip to the state finals. She had an amazing finish over the last 800 meters to pass four girls to earn her spot. She set a goal at the end of last year to get to state and she did it. I am super happy for her.”

For Reed City, Anthony Kiaunis 10th (17:11.94), Ryan Allen was 11th (17:12.35), Izaiah Lentz 39th (17:36.52), Elijah Lentz 56th (19:27.05) and Mason Dozier 57th (19:27.99)

“Anthony Kiaunis and Ryan Allen, both freshmen, finished side by side at 10th and 11th place, just milliseconds apart,” Saladin said. “They have pushed each other all year. They are the top two freshmen in the Region. Earning a trip to the state finals is very impressive and much deserved. They worked their tails off all summer.”

“This is the first time since we’ve been coaching that we’ll send four runners to the finals,” co-coach Susan Saladin said. “It’s another step of growth for our program. The four runners are great representatives of our school and community. We look forward to another week of training in preparation for MIS.”

Pine River

Pine River’s boys qualified for the state meet by placing third at the regional. For the Bucks, Logan Churchill was fifth (16:53.82). Jayce Methner was ninth (17:08.53), Philip Rigling 25th (17:50.05). Landyn Cool 26th (17:54.83), and Scott Slocum 44th (18:49.35). Pine River girls did not score as team. Hailey Wanstead was 41st (22:56.77).


Evart did not score as a team for either boys or girls.

For the boys, Kinkaide DuBreuil was 20th (17:34.04). For the girls, Brianna Cass was 49th (23:20.69) and Rilee Clark was 59th (25:17.15).