Lofquist makes key contributions for Coyotes

Paige Lofquist

Paige Lofquist

REMUS -- Reed City's girls cross country team had a lot of contributors when they clinched the CSAA Gold title on Oct. 22 at Chippewa Hills.

This includes Paige Lofquist, who has been the No. 3 runner for the Coyotes, and who hopes to finish the season strong.

"Every runner mattered tonight," said Reed City coach Rich Saladin after the meet. "Our top seven all ran amazing and the team performance was the turning point. The girls left it out on the course and accomplish history tonight by winning the first conference title for girls cross country ever at Reed City. Abbi Kiaunis was spectacular and is really starting to gel. She claimed first team all conference honors and leads by example. Taylor Harrison earned all-conference honorable mention and finished in the top seven of every conference meet. She's an amazing athlete and leader. It's a great group of kids and it was a team effort."

Lofquist also plays soccer and basketball. She's had a strong cross season but reaggravated an injury and was slowed up to some extent in the final CSAA race.

Overall, the season has been strong for Lofquist. She mentioned she may have improved by a few seconds from last year. She'll run at regional for sure and hopes she and the whole team qualifies for state.

"It's been an extremely good year," she said. "We have some good runners. I don't start out quick in a race but I work my way up."