Reed City cross country teams start seasons this week

REED CITY  — New Reed City coaches Susan and Rich Saladin are ready to go with their cross country teams, who open the season next week.

Practices officially opened on Aug. 10. Rich Saladin said earlier this weekend Reed City has six girls and four boys so far on the roster. Cross country teams need a minimum of five runners.

Saladin said last week there are runners that are coming to practices this week for the first time because of conflicts last week.

“We gave out a workout to them and a plan while they were gone,” he said.

Brandon Wirth is a returning runner for the boys. He’s also in soccer but there won’t be any conflicts in scheduling, Saladin indicated.

Other boy runners are freshmen. Calvin Rohde along with Noah Blythe. Both ran track and cross country at middle school and were at summer workouts.

“If they work out hard with Brandon, I think we can probably have four sub-20 minute cross country runners for the boys,” Saladin said.

Two upperclassemen are returning for girls including Catherine Kettner, a junior, and Joelyn Gamble-Brown, a senior. Also back is junior Hana Ondrus.

“We’ll set goals for them to work on their times from last year and have them get better every day,” Saladin said. “We have some freshmen that will be running for the first time. We want to keep these freshmen in the system.”

The season began on Aug. 23 at the Chippewa Hills Invitational. Reed City also has a Central State Activities Association race at Chippewa Hills on Sept. 6.

Saladin indicated runners can still join the team if they’re interested.