Reed City girl runners second at Manistee
MANISTEE – The Reed City cross country teams competed in the Chris Grabowski Memorial Invitational at Manistee High School on Thursday (Oct. 15) with the girls second and the boys fourth.
For the boys, Mason County Central was first with 75 points, followed by Manton with 103, Mason County Eastern with 105, Reed City (106) and White Cloud (107).
Ryan Allen was third overall with a time of 17:44, Anthony Kiaunis fourth (17:53), Izaiah Lentz 22nd (19:26), Ty Kailing 33rd (20:00), and Elijah Lentz 44th (20:26). Mason Dozier (20:35) and Gavin Throop (21:27) rounded out the varsity seven for the Coyotes.
"Ryan Allen and Anthony Kiaunis were stellar again today,” Reed City coach Rich Saladin said. “As freshmen, they have been the model of consistency and are getting better and better. The gap between them and some of the top runners in our region is shortening. Izaiah and Elijah Lentz are also two of the top freshmen in this area. Ty Kailing and Mason Dozier ran really well again. We were just a couple of points short of earning that second-place finish.”
Manistee edged the Coyote girls 52-56. Abbigail Kiaunis finished second overall (20:18). Nora Smoes was 9th (22:25), Claudia Francke 12th (22:47), Paige Lofquist 18th (23:07), Olivia Lewis 24th (23:40), McKenna Miller 30th (24:14), and Miriah Hodges 46th (26:04).
"Abbie had a personal best on this course with a great time. Both Paige and Olivia set season records today too. As a team, we've run some challenging courses this year. We are definitely getting stronger, faster, and continuing to improve,” Saladin said.
The top 30 overall finishers medaled for the invite. Reed City runners were able to gather a second place team trophy and nine total medals.
Reed City's middle school also participated in the Grabowski Invite with the top seven runners from the boys and girls teams competing. The Reed City boys won the middle school meet with all seven runners earning a top 25 medal: Gus Rohde, Ethan Nicklas, Aaron Allen, Andrew Kiaunis, Paul Saladin, and Trevor Burgess.
The middle school girls team earned a third-place finish with six girls earning top 25 medals: Clara Smoes, Carly Carlson, Aubrey Vandawater, Caelynn London, Alaina Hanson, and Chloe Tyler. This completes Reed City's middle school season.