Kettner finishes strong cross country season
REED CITY — Reed City finished another cross country season with runners like junor Catherine Kettner making huge contributions.
Last season as a sophomore, Kettner’s PR was a 24:00.8 at a Central State Activities Association Gold Division jamboree. She improved that to 23:57.1 late in the season this fall during a jamboree at Chippewa Hills.
“I’ve been having some cramps and and other issues in my sides the last two weeks,” she said at midseason during a race at Pine River. “It’s been a good season with a new coach (Susan Saladin). We’ve been working on a course behind the school. Maybe we can have home meets in the future.”
She medaled at the Pine River Invitational for 18th place for highlight this season.
This marked Kettner’s third cross country season.
“Hopefully by the end, I can go back to where I was,” she said. “I want to get below 24 minutes.”
That turned out to be the case with her performance at Chippewa Hills. She had been struggling in the 25-minute range the first part of the season.
“It will take more speed work and further distances like five or six miles,” Kettner said. “The best thing is to start at a good pace and see if you can run faster at the end. If you run too fast in the first or second mile, you’re dead for the third.”
The Coyotes had some meets where they scored as a team with six runners.
“The more, the better, because you need five to score as a team,” Kettner said.