Reed City runner ready for action-packed junior season

Kiaunis among area's top runners

Reed City's Anthony Kiaunis is expected to be among the area's top runners this season.

Reed City's Anthony Kiaunis is expected to be among the area's top runners this season.

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REED CITY – Cross country runners like Reed City’s Anthony Kiaunis are hoping a strong summer of work will translate into a good cross country season.

Practices start on Aug. 8 but Kiaunis and the Coyotes have had various runs earlier this week. Kiaunis had a strong outdoor track season with excellent success in the 800 and 1,600 runs, plus the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.

This is Kiaunis’ junior season.

“Anthony was team captain last year and will be team captain this year,” Reed City coach Rich Saladin said. “He has heart and desire and puts in the work. We hope to see results from that work.”

This summer, “mostly I’ve hitting 20 to 30 miles a week but I’ll probably increase  that to 40 after camp,” Kiaunis said.

The last two weeks in July, Kiaunis went to an individual cross country camp in Traverse City.

Kiaunis has high hopes for the cross country season.

“For the team, I’m hoping we make it to state and win most of our meets,” Kiaunis said. “That’s a goal for the team. My individual goal is try to state in the 16s, high or lows. Last year, I feel I had a pretty solid season with a lot of ups and downs. I felt like I didn’t train hard enough last summer. I feel that held me back on  my accomplishments.

“We’re losing two runners but they’re not in our top seven. We are gaining a couple of  more kids.”

Kiaunis expect to be the No. 1 or 2 runner for the Coyotes.

“I’m hoping to improve upon the last mile because I really want to get a good five-minute last mile,” he said. “I felt I had a good track season. I was disappointed in my regional performance and didn’t make it to state.”

THE ANTHONY KIAUNIS FILE

Favorite athlete: Cade Flatt (800-meter runner)

Favorite food: Lasagna

Favoite subject in school: Math

Favorite TV show: MacGyver

Favorite activity outside of sports: Cornhole