Coyotes qualify three for state meet
REED CITY -- It was quite a day for the Reed City cross country team on Saturday in regional action.
In Division 3 at Benzie, Reed City boys were 10th and the girls fourth. For Reed City, Calvin Rohde was fourth (16:18.54) and Jared Karns 26th (17:47.77), plus Noah Blythe 59th (19:11), Ty Kailing 73rd (19:54), Nathan Huss 81st (20:25), Mason Dozier 82nd (20:29), and Gavin Throop 85th (20:56).
For the Reed City girls, Abbigail Kiaunis was fifth (19:10.82), Taylor Harrison 15th (20:03.45), Nora Smores 25th (20:53.23), Olivia Lewis 29th (21;11.23), Brooke Miller 34th (21:23), Paige Lofquist 35th (21:27) and Claudia Francke 43rd (21:47).
Kiaunis, Harrison and Rohde will represent Reed City at the state meet.
"I am really proud of our team effort," Reed City coach Rich Saladin said. "This is probably the toughest regional in Division 3. Hart and Benzie are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in Division 3 and McBain is also top 10. We competed well and the girls effort was tremendous. Abbi finished fifth against some really great runners. She has been in the top 5 of every race this year and has had an outstanding season. She's a junior and has been a state qualifier every year. She's worked really hard and it's her goal to medal this year at MIS."
MIS is Michigan International Speedway near Brooklyn, which will host the state meet on Saturday.
"Taylor Harrison finished 15th and qualified for the state meet for the first time" Saladin said. "She is just a tough kid and she basically willed herself into that last spot for state. She set a personal best time of 20:03. She's a senior and she truly earned this.
"There were 95 runners in the girls race and all seven of ours were in the top half. That's pretty impressive against some great teams. Taylor, Nora, Olivia, Brooke, and Claudia Francke all set personal records. I was very proud of their effort."
It was a big day for Rohde.
"Calvin is headed to the state finals for the third straight year." Saladin said. "His goal is to medal at the state meet. This is his senior year and that would be a great exclamation point on an outstanding career. His time of 16:18 is the third best mark ever at RC. He had a great kick to finish the race. He's quite an accomplished runner at RC."
For the boys, "Calvin was fourth with a new PR of 16:18," Saladin said. "Calvin, Nathan, Mason, and Gavin all set PRs today. Jared and Noah ran their last race as a Coyote. Those senior boys mean a lot to us. They set a standard for work ethic and built a foundation of success here. I am very proud of their careers. Ty, Nathan, Mason, and Gavin all ran great. They worked hard and have a mark to beat for next year.
"Between the regional races and the pre-regional race, our team had a total of 15 personal or season records. We talk all year long about improving from Day 1 to Day 91. These kids put in a lot of miles and they've achieved great success. Jayna Kailing, Miriah Hodges, and Kellen Haney all PRed. It's been a great season that will continue for Abbi, Taylor, and Calvin at the state finals."