Reed City junior runner eyes senior season
REED CITY - Abbigail Kiaunis still has a lot to look forward to despite the cancellation of the spring sports season
Kiaunis, a Reed City junior, is an all-stater who was looking to have a good junior season. But the Michigan High School Athletic Association cancelled the sports season last Friday for the spring because of the coronavirus.
Kiaunis was an All-Stater at the cross country state meet last November, finishing 13th. Her personal record was 19:07.1.She ran the 400 meters twice with a time of 1:30.40 at Central Michigan and 1:01.36 at MITS indoor state finals. She had a 12:14.09 at an indoor meet in Saginaw Valley
Kiaunis also saw some action in the indoor season.
She commented on the track situation after the MHSAA suspended spring sports after March 13 and prior to the final decision this past Saturday to cancel them.
"In a way, I find it disappointing, but in a way I find it that I can push myself to get better and it gives me an advantage over the competition that's not practicing," Kiaunis said.
Despite the competition, she continued running and didn't stop. She runs one to two times a day.a
If there had been a season, Kiaunis was focusing anywhere from the 100 to 3,200 meter run. "I'd like to put in a few more sprints this year."
In track, Kiaunis qualified for the state meet in the 400 and 1,600. She placed eighth in the 1,600. For this year, she was hoping to break 11 minutes and get the school record in the 3,200 meters. In the 1,600 she wanted to break 5:10 and in the 800 she wanted to break 2:20. In the 400, she was hoping to continuously run under one minute.
But she'll have to wait until next year.
Normally Kiaunis' finish is the strongest part of her race.
Cross country remains her favorite event. She now will do plenty of running to get ready for the fall.
"I'll be competing in road races over the summer," she said.