Oehrli first at McBain meet

REED CITY — This time, it was Joe Oehrli’s turn.

On Saturday at the McBain Invitational, the Reed City cross country runner was first in outdueling Evart rival David Zinger. Oehrli’s time was 16:28. Zinger ran a 16:45.

Coyote freshman Matt McGahey also ran and was 33rd in 22:16. Reed City’s only runner, Lindsey Ridderman had a 27:16.

It was actually a coed meet with Evart taking first place as a boys and girls unit.

“There’s a lot of pressure on the girls. But they ran really well. Because of that, we took the trophy,” said Evart coach Andy Eichelberger.

Katelyne VanMourik was first for Evart in 21:14 while Grace Hamilton was 15th in 24:39. Alexis Pylman was 17th in 24:22. Taylor McLachlan was 20th in 25:09. Katyln Parsons was 23rd in 25:40 and Breana Connor 27th in 26:27.

For the boys, behind Zinger, Logan Hammer was third in 17:19, Max Hodges fourth in 17:26, Antonio Militello, 12th in 19;02, Alex Newton 16th in 19:36 and Brian Flachs 32nd in 21:55 and Clint Retter was 35th in 24:24.

Kingsley finished second place behind Evart.

Evart also ran Sept. 7 at Manton. The Fox & the Hound meet featured having slower runners go out first and the faster runners after that.

“It was a good race,” Eichelberger said. “I like it for the training aspect. David caught everybody and finished first. As a coach, that’s a good way to train kids. The seventh runner has to stay in front of everybody.”

Wednesday, Evart is home against Harrison and Farrell. Friday, Reed City is at the Michigan State Invitational.


The Bucks also ran at McBain and finished in third.

Devuyn Powell ran at 21:41 for the Bucks to take third overall. Rachel Hartline had a 25:25 for 22nd.

“We had two of our varsity runners drop out due to injuries,” said Pine River coach Ross Vrieze.

Trevor Holmes was fifth overall in 17:38, Caleb Elkins was 10th in 18:41. Ben Rigling was 19th in 19:47, Mitchell Kelsey was 22nd in 20:16.

“I was happy with the boys,” Vrieze said. “Our top four medaled. Our No. 5 runner was only three bodies away from medaling.”

Thursday at Mason County Central, the boys were fourth and the girls sixth.

For the boys, Holmes was ninth in 17:39, Elkins was 23rd in 19:03 and Greg Schafer 29th in 19:31.

For the girls, Powell was 12th in 21:19. Hartline was 23rd in 24:44.