Reed City runners continue to bid for improvement

REED CITY — Brandon Wirth was second (19:00.98) and Calvin Rohde third (19:33.04) for Reed City’s cross country team in the McBain Invitational on Thursday.

Reed City did not have enough runners to score as a team, boys or girls. For the Reed City girls, Joelynn Gamble-Brown was third (23:30.14) and Mackenzie Vandawater 10th (25:52.65).

For the boys, Noah Blythe was 10th (20:57.91).

Reed City ran at Chippewa Hills on Sept. 6, the Central State Activities Association jamboree, Gold Division. There was no team score for Reed City.

Wirth was 15th (19:21.43), Rohde 22nd (19:5928) and Blythe 51st (23:39.62).

For the girls, Gamble-Brown was 27th (25:17.82), Vandawater 35th (26:47.50) and Catherine Kettner 59th (29:47.92) and Leigha Johnson 60th (29:49.77).

“We’re still a little low on numbers,” Reed City co-coach Rich Saladin said. “For the numbers we do have, we’ve been really competitive. We’ve finished three competitions so far. Brandon Wirth is dual-sporting it (along with soccer). He’s been the leading runner for the boys. And we have the two freshman boys. They’ve improved every race so far. Calvin has been under 20 all three races. Noah has PRed every time.

“Gamble-Brown is our senior girl. She got her season’s best at McBain.”

The next meet is Saturday at Lake City. CSAA Gold division action resumes Tuesday at Fremont.

“We’re competitive,” Saladin said. “They’re working hard.”