Reed City girl runners take first at Pine River

Reed City's Abbigail Kiaunis (right right) leads the pack at the Cecil Burch Invitational on Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Reed City's Abbigail Kiaunis (right right) leads the pack at the Cecil Burch Invitational on Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

LEROY — Reed City’s girls were first (30) on Saturday in the Cecil Burch Memorial Invitational while Pine River was third (63) and Evart (102) fourth in their division.

The invitational was split into two divisions.

Reed City senior Abbigail Kiwanis finished second overall with a time of 20:07. The Coyote girls had six runners medal by finishing in the top 20 of their heat. Overall, Nora Smoes (22:08) placed fourth, Claudia Francke (23:31) was 12th, Paige Lofquist (23:45) 16th and McKenna Miller (23:54) was 18th.

Olivia Lewis (25:07) and Miriah Hodges (26:29) round out the top seven for the Coyotes.

"It was a perfect day for a cross country meet,” co-coach Rich Saladin said. “Temps were cool and our girls ran well. Abbie really powered through the course and looked stronger as she ran. Nora Smoes is so consistent and reliable. She ran great. Francke, Lofquist, and Miller had a nice little pack going. We are excited to claim the overall team trophy.”

For the Evart girls, Sophia Scott was 10th (23;44.03), Briann Cass 16th (25:02.73), Rilee Clark was 23rd (26:08.33), Emma Hubbard was 32nd (26:53.33) and Faith Hamilton 40th (29:03.30).

For Pine River, Elizabeth Rigling was seventh (23:28.99). Hailey Wanstead was eighth (23:30.80) Amanda Hill 13th (24:07.50), Jersey Johnson 19th (25:27.37) and Payton Fulmerhouser 27th.

The Pine River boys were first (46) while Reed City tied for second (67). Evart was seventh (161) in the seventh-team division which was one of two conducted for the meet.

For Pine River, Logan Churchill was second (17:44.48), Jayce Methner third (17:47.1), Philip Rigling ninth (18:14.3), Landyn Cool 10th (18:21.04) and Wyatt Underhill 23rd (20:37.16).

Reed City was led by Ryan Allen who was fourth (17:51.71). Anthony Kiaunis seventh (19:09.65), Izaiah Lentz 18th (19:42.63). Elijah Lentz 19th (20:03.6) and Ty Kailing 22nd (20:28.78).

Kinkade DuBreuil was eighth (18:10.46) to lead Evart. Jeffrey Junker was 36th (22:27.49), Arthur Aube 43rd (23:30;44). Angelus Hoffman 47th (24:47.53) and Korey Clark 49th (25:22.45).

The boys finished behind champion Pine River in a second-place tie with Buckley in their heat. After compiling all times in both divisions, the Coyote boys settled for an overall fourth-place finish while earning four individual medals.

Mason Dozier (20:48), and Nathan Huss (22:03) completed the top seven for the Coyotes.

"Ryan Allen ran another outstanding race and is showing that he can compete with the top runners in our area,” Saladin said. “Anthony Kiaunis also performed really well finishing ninth overall. Ryan and Anthony are two of the top freshmen in our region. They are really racing well. We are young across the board with four freshmen and two sophomores in our top six. They are getting stronger, faster, and learning. It's pretty exciting now and for our future."

"Pine River has an experienced and talented group of runners on their boys' team,” said Coyote co-coach Susan Saladin. “It's great competition for us. We love to run here at the Cecil Burch Invite and honor a great former coach here at Pine River. Hats off to Pine River coach Alyssa Crouch for hosting a great day of racing.”