Reed City girls were still hopeful of title

BIG RAPIDS – It was a big day for Central State Activities Association Gold Division teams.

The CSAA has its final meet on Tuesday.

Big Rapids, Chippewa Hills and Reed City were at Central Montcalm for the Gold Division race.

Fremont has won the first two girl races. But Coyote coach Rich Saladin, whose team won the 2019 league title, said his squad and Chippewa Hills still have a shot at first place.

“This year the ADs and coaches voted in favor of a new scoring system to determine the overall team champions and the first team all-conference runners,” Saladin said. “Prior to this year, each race was equally weighted for the team scoring. This year, the first two races were weighted at 25 percent each and the final race is weighted at 50 percent.

“Due to this, for the girls’ race, Reed City and Chippewa Hills both have a chance to still tie for the team championship. Right now, Fremont has .50, Reed City 1, and Chip Hills 1.5.”

Saladin offered possible scenarios:

--Fremont wins and Fremont wins outright championship.

--Reed City wins and Fremont second, then Reed City and Fremont tie for championship,

--Reed City wins, Fremont places less than second, then Reed City wins outright

--Chip Hills wins, Fremont second, Reed City third today then Fremont wins title, CH second, and Reed City third.

Chip Hills wins, Reed City second and Fremont, third, then it’s a three-way tie for first place

‘The second change this year is the last race is truly a championship race,” Saladin said. “For individual awards, the first seven runners across the line will be deemed first-team all-conference. The remaining runners will average their two top highest finishes over the three races and average them to determine honorable mention all-conference.

“There (was) quite a bit on the line this Tuesday.”