Cross country runners enjoy first varsity season at Reed City

REED CITY  —  Lindsey Kienitz and Joelyn Gamble-Brown have completed a solid fall season for Reed City’s cross country team.

Kienitz, a sophomore, is in her first varsity cross season. She also ran in middle school.

“I wasn’t playing any sport this fall and I wanted something to do,” she said. “I actually like it a lot.”

Kienitz has had a best time in the 25-minute range.

“My first time was a 28,” she said. “My first and last mile has been good, but not the middle one.”

Her last mile has usually been her strength, Kienitz indicated. She was hoping to PR by the end of the season. Having a stronger start would be a key.

Kienitz also dances and plays soccer, but added that cross would get her in shape for both.

Gamble-Brown is a freshman who ran middle school in the past. She said it took maybe a “couple of weeks” to transition to the longer high school courses. Her best time has been 23:53. “I went from 29 to 23,” she said.

The middle has been the strongest part of her race, said Gamble-Brown, adding that she’s been working on improving her speed. She’ll be running track in the spring and figures the experience will pay off in the spring when she runs track.