Reed City girl runner is CSAA champion

Reed City's Abbigail Kiaunis is the 2020 CSAA Gold division champ. (Herald Review file photo)

Reed City's Abbigail Kiaunis is the 2020 CSAA Gold division champ. (Herald Review file photo)

STANTON – Reed City’s Abbigail Kiaunis was the girls champ and her team was second in the third and final meet of the CSAA Gold division Tuesday (Oct. 20) at Central Montcalm.

“This final meet was a true championship race with the top seven runners earning first team all-conference and honorable mention all-conference determined by a point system over all three races,” Reed City coach Rich Saladin said.

For the girls, Fremont claimed the team championship by defeating Reed City 52-59. The Coyote girls earned second place overall for the season. Abbigail Kiaunis claimed the individual girls championship by winning the race with a time of 19:49.

Claudia Francke was eighth (22:10) and Nora Smoes finished 10th (22:16). Kiaunis earned first team all-conference with Francke and Smoes taking all-conference honorable mention. Paige Lofquist (23:02) was 19th overall, followed by Olivia Lewis in 22nd (23:43), McKenna Miller 24th (23:50), and Brooke Miller 31st (24:54).

"We had an opportunity to take a share of the team championship and just came up short, " said Saladin. "The girls all ran really well with a few season records sprinkled in there. Fremont was just a little bit stronger this time. I am so proud of Abbie for winning the outright individual title. She works so hard and deserves the spotlight."

"We are very pleased with our whole team tonight, " said co-coach Susan Saladin. "They showed great effort and we couldn't be prouder of them. It's a great group of kids."

The Reed City boys finished third in the event behind Fremont and Chippewa Hills. They also finished third overall for the season. Ryan Allen finished 11th overall (17:48) followed by Anthony Kiaunis in 16th (18:23). Both Allen and Kiaunis earned all-conference honorable mention honors. Izaiah Lentz was 19th (19:02), Ty Kailing 25th (19:26 PR), Elijah Lentz 26th (19:29 PR), Mason Dozier 34th (20:41) and Gavin Throop 42nd (21:36).

"The boys ran a really great race,” Rich Saladin said. “We finished third behind two pretty solid teams. Ryan and Anthony were the lone freshmen boys to earn all-conference honors. They've had a great conference season and we hope to carry it over to pre-regionals and regionals.”

Overall for the boys, Chippewa Hills was second, Reed City third and Big Rapids fourth.