NEWAYGO – It was another Central State Activities Association Gold division race at Newaygo on Tuesday (Oct. 6) with local teams hoping to have their best performance in the second of three league jamborees.

(See next week's Herald Review for results.)

Reed City girls lost by a point in the first CSAA jamboree two weeks ago.

“We only had one event last week – Cecil Burch Invitational at Pine River,” Coyote coach Rich Saladin said. “The Coyote girls won the event and the boys finished fourth out of 13 teams. We had 10 total medal honors (top 20 in their race). We had a really great week of practice and did a lot of speed work. Our kids are running strong but we need to keep improving.

“The courses we’ve run have been challenging and I’ve seen a lot of improvement. We’ve had some kids a little banged up but it looks like they are healing up and we will be full strength going forward. I am excited for our girls to claim an invite win.”

Saladin said team captains Abbigail Kiaunis and Paige Lofquist “are doing a great job leading and motivating that group. Our boys ran well against some tough competition – but we are inching up and getting stronger and faster.”

As for this week's race, “I think our girls will be super focused this Tuesday. It looks to be a great weather day for racing," he said.

Ty Kailing, Saladin said, “has been running extremely well and continues to improve from last year’s times. He ran solid at the Cougar Falcon Invite and again at Pine River. We’ve run some tough courses so it’ll be fun to see what he can do when we run a nice flat, fast course again.

“We have a couple of girls that will be able to compete again soon in Taylor Hilliard and Brooke Miller. This will be a great help to our team – especially with our pack running. The girls feed off each other and continue to push each other to be better.”