Reed City boys take first
LEROY — Reed City’s cross country boys team was first and the girls were second on Saturday at the Cecil Burch Pine River Cross Country Invitational.
The race started shortly after 9 a.m. with temperatures in the mid-40s.
In the six-team boys race, Reed City was first (48) followed by Manton (56), Pine River (61), Kalkaska (63), Mason County Eastern (133) and Coleman (143).
For the Reed City boys: Brandon Wirth was first (16:59.8), Calvin Rohde second (17:38.5), Noah Blythe seventh (19:05.7), Jared Karns 21st (19:55.8), Ryan Simmons 23rd (20:04.29), Gavin Throop 48th (24:15.2) and Nathan Huss 49th (24:17.50)
“It was a bit colder his week.” Rohde said. “But it’s good for running. I think (the entire team) is looking good.”
For Pine River, Jayce Methner was fifth (18:37.2), Phil Rigling eighth (19:09.5), Kei Deguchi 14th (19:40.5), Kaden Darrow 16th (19:47.3). Landyn Cool 25th (20:10.8) and Cole Hill 27th (20:39.09).
“It went pretty well, but it was a little cold,” Rigling said. “I thought it was OK as it was. About a mile of the course is very sandy, all through the woods.”
The girls race went to Manton (28), Reed City (32), Pine River (84), Kalkaska fourth (106) and Coleman (134).
For Reed City, Abbigail Kiaunis was second (20:51), Taylor Harrison fifth (22:16.09). Paige Lofquist seventh (22:52.72), Leigha Johnson 12th (23:39.57), Brooke Miller 13th (23:45.68) and Abigaile Johnson 14th (23:51.72).
“I had a really good race but it was cold and (conditions) were sandy,” Kiaunis said. “It’s a lot sandier. We really don’t usually run in the sand unless it’s hard sand.”
“It was a good race,” Harrison said. “The sand made it difficult. I like the cold. The warm weather makes it hard to run.”
For Pine River, Kelsi Charles was eighth (22:58.92), Payton Fulmerhouser was 16th (24:03.59), Dallas Snider 28th (26:17.7), Abbey Dennis 31st (27:31.5) and Kendra Montague 33rd (27:57.09).
“It was pretty cold, but it’s the last mile you have to prepare for, for me at least,” Charles said.