Evart runners fourth at invitational

REED CITY — Reed City and Evart cross country teams both made their debut on Saturday at the Benzie Central Pete Moss Invitational.

For the girls, Reed City was 12th in the small-school competition (309).

Joelynn Gamble-Brown came in 33rd (22:28.70), while McKenzie Cornelius was 67th (24:50.40). Lindsey Greer came in 85th (26:15.80), Emily Nardone crossed the finish line in 93rd (27:48.60), Hana Ondrus followed in 96th (28:21.20), Ashley Andres was 112th (30.23.8) and Christian Parson rounded out the Coyotes’ day in 123rd (35:05.20).

For the boys, Matt McGahey was Reed City’s only runner and was 43rd in 19:32.70.

“I was happy overall,” Reed City coach Brad Smith said. “Everyone seemed to run pretty good. We had some tough workouts during the week. The heat was kind of tough on them. It was a good first race for people.”

Evart finished fourth in the small-school event with 174 points. Santana Scott was fourth overall in 17:01.70, while Josh Woods was in 14th in 18:00.80, Devin Day 32nd (19:01.40) and Micha Wetters 55th (19;56.40). Nick Niles was 85th (21:04.3) and Andrew Bengry 87th (21:14.30).

“I was real proud of the guys, they did a fantastic job,” Evart coach Kevin Mills said. “Everyone across the board improved from the previous year at the same course.”

The Evart girls had three runners with Mara VanOrder 45th in 23:23.30, Clairese Clark 56th in 24:04.50 and Brooklyn Elenbaas 121st in 33:10.20.

Evart is at Hesperia Thursday. Reed City is at Mason County Central on Sept. 4.

Pioneer sports editor Greg Buckner contributed to this report.