Reed City boys win Evart Invitational titles

Reed City took places second through fifth in the boys category

EVART – Reed City was first for the boys and second for the girls in the Evart Wildcat Invitational at Springhill Camps on Saturday.

In the 12-team large division girl girls, Clare was first at 76 while Reed City was second (93) and Morley Stanwood sixth (137).

For Reed City, Nora Smoes was second (21:37.8), Clara Smoes seventh (23:28.2), Sahara Davis 31st (26:07.7), McKayla Watkins 32nd (26:07.9) and Ava Hammar 44th (27:48.8).

“My goals are to qualify for state and make first team all-conference,” she said. “I took 86th at state last year. I’m hoping to break 20 minutes.”

The Reed City boys topped the 14-team field with 29 while Clare was second (61), Morley Stanwood sixth (181) and Evart 12th (280)

Reed City took places second through fifth with August Rohde (17:28.6), Anthony Kiaunis (17:34.1), Ryan Allen (17:58.0) and Ty Kailing (18:10.0). Paul Saladin was 15th (19:55).

Rohde has been first or second in his last four meets, got 16:37 earlier this season and has since broken 17 seconds. Allen has been coming off an illness and has been performing strong

“It’s going really good,” he said. “I’m improving every year and I’m really enjoying it. I really want to break 17. I just need to pace myself.”

“The boys and girls both ran really well,” Reed City coach Rich Saladin said. ‘The boys continue to impress, especially with our leaders out front. Gus, Anthony, and Ryan give us an outstanding lead pack. Ty is not too far behind and is the strongest No. 4 runner in the area. They have a target on their back and teams are chasing them. They continue to respond with outstanding performances.

“The girls continue to work hard. It’s another trophy for them with a second-place finish. I'm very happy for Nora and her leadership as captain of the team. We are young but getting stronger and faster.”

Tim Pentecost was 31st for Evart (21:04.9) and Sawyer Fink 61st (24:19.6).

Reed City and Morley Stanwood will both be at the CSAA meet on Tuesday at Morley Stanwood. McNeil said she and her teammates have been able to work on the new course at their school.

“We’re looking forward to it,” she said.