Coyote runners earn All-State honors

BROOKLYN -- Two area runners claimed All-State honors on Saturday in the cross country Lower Peninsula State Meet at the Michigan International Speedway.

Those runners in the top 30 in each division earned All-State honors.

Calvin Rohde of Reed City was All-State in Division 3 for the boys. For the girls, Abigail Kiaunis of Reed City was 13th in Division 3.

Rohde was 25th in 16:45.5.

Rohde said it was a "hard race." It was his best state finish.

He said he passed a lot of runners in the last 400 meters.

For the girls, Kiaunis was 13th in 19:25.5. Her teammate Taylor Harrison was 88th in 20:55.2.

"My race was great," Kiaunis said. "It was a little muddy but I stuck with it. I feel like I had a great race today."

Kiaunis placed 38th last year.

"Today was a great accomplished, finishing in the top 15," Kiaunis said, adding the start was the best part of her race.

Kiaunis is a junior and will be looking at top 10 next season.

"First, just to get here is a tremendous honor for our kids," Coyote coach Rich Saladin said. "Abbi, Taylor, and Calvin have had an exceptional season and careers. Taylor is a senior and this was her first time. She knew the competition would be tough and we are pleased that she was in the top 100 out of 236 finishers.

Abbi is a junior and this is her third time qualifying for the state championship. She finished 42nd, 38th and now 13th and finally earning All-State honors. She has worked extremely hard. What a thrill for her.

Her goal is to qualify again next year to make it four straight years. She owns the school record and back-to-back All-State would be a great way to finish her career.

"Calvin is a senior and this is also his third time qualifying for state. He has placed 76th and 31st and now 25th. Last year, he was one spot out of All-State. He really pushed himself throughout the year and this was his goal. He's been a great leader and runner for our school. We couldn't be prouder and happier for him. He's a team captain and has set a great example for his teammates."

Also in Division 3 boys, Kinkaide DuBreuil of Evart was 74th (17:29:3) and Jayce Methner of Pine River was 126th in 18:06.7