ANN ARBOR -- Runners from Trinity Lutheran School of Reed City competed in the 2020 Michigan Lutheran Schools Cross Country State Championship on Sunday at Concordia University in Ann Arbor.

Lutheran schools from all over the state of Michigan participated with 126 boys and 101 girls in each race.

Gus Rohde (eighth grade) from Reed City was the overall boys champion with a time of 11:59.

“This is back-to-back years in which a runner from Reed City claimed the championship,” Trinity principal and Reed City varsity coach Rich Saladin said. “Ryan Allen, currently a freshmen runner at Reed City High School, claimed the title last year. Rohde led the race from start to finish and would have qualified for the national championship meet in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, the national championship race is canceled this year due to COVID-19 issues.”

Seventh graders Aaron Allen and Paul Saladin also competed on Sunday. Allen finished 17th overall with a time of 13:24 and Saladin was 27th with a time of 14:07. For the girls, Caelynn London clocked a time of 15:33 and finished 26th overall.

“This is a big race with some very large Lutheran schools competing,” Saladin said. “Gus ran an amazing race to win the title. It’s pretty awesome that we’ve been able to have the winning runner from Reed City in back-to-back years.”