Middle school runners have success

The Reed City middle school track team enjoyed a strong season. (Courtesy photo)

The Reed City middle school track team enjoyed a strong season. (Courtesy photo)

REED CITY -- The Reed City Middle School cross country team enjoyed a successful 2019 campaign.

Coach Marcy Hammond had a total of 45 individual runners complete a race during the season.

"We have a very large middle school program and that's in part because of Coach Hammond," said high school coach Rich Saladin. "She is an awesome motivator and encourager. The kids really enjoy running for her and she does an outstanding job. She's a big part of the success we are now having at the high school level."

The middle girls' team was a top contender at every meet including second-place finishes at three of the four CSAA meets, second place at the Manistee Invite, and third-place finishes at the Evart and Pine River Invites. Casey Terryn (7th), Aubrey Vandawater (6th), Malley Terryn (6th), Paityn Enos (7th), Ava Hammar (8th), Sahara Davis (6th), Clara Smoes (7th), Ellie Erbes (6th) and Jaylynn Carroll (7th) were the top runners for the Coyotes.

The boys' team won every conference meet along with invites at Evart and Manistee while finishing second at Pine River to Traverse City East. Top runners for the boys include Ryan Allen (8th), Anthony Kiaunis (8th), Izaiah Lentz (8th), Elijah Lentz (8th), Justin Stellini (8th), Ethan Nicklas (7th), Gus Rohde (7th), Paul Saladin (6th), and Aaron Allen (6th).

The top seven runners from each of the teams were rewarded by running in the Chris Grabowski Memorial Manistee Invite on Oct. 10 to close their season. The boys finished first overall and the girls captured second.

"All 14 runners earned an individual medal at Manistee, " Hammond said. "I am so proud of every runner that competed this year. They work really hard. I hope that they continue to run. I appreciate all of the support from parents, too."