Reed City runners qualify for state finals

Paige Lofquist



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REED CITY – Athletes from Division 3 schools including Evart, Pine River and Reed City, competed in regional cross country meets on Saturday with hopes of qualifying for the state finals at Michigan International Speedway on Nov. 6.

Reed City, Evart and Pine River were at Benzie Central.

The top three teams qualify for the state meet, and Reed City was one spot away for the boys, placing fourth with 92 while Manton had 86. Pine River had a 180 for sixth and Evart 261 for 10th. Anthony Kiaunis was seventh (17;05.32). August Rohde was 11th (17:15.21), Ryan Allen 14th (17:18.84), Ty Kailing 24th (17:57.76) and Mason Dozier was 39th (19:00.76).

Landyn Cool was 25th (17:59.72) for Pine River while Philip Rigling was 31st (18:32.61), Scott Slocum 51st (19:30.29). Wyatt Underhill 53rd (19:34.83) and Gavin Kelso 56th (19:56.58),

Corey Vader led Evart in 35th (18:41.83), Andrew Booher 53rd (19:32.98), Tim Pentecost 61st (20:16.98) and Cadin Keysor 67th (21:21.02).

For the girls, Reed City was also one spot from qualifying with 113 points compared to 74 for third-place Manton. Pine River was eighth with 206. For Reed City, Nora Smoes was ninth (20:07.58), Clara Smoes 12th (20:57.41), Paige Lofquist 17th (21:18.97) Carly Carlson 33rd (22:19.03) and Alaina Hanson 42nd (22:51.59).

“We had some great times today," Reed City coach Rich Saladin said. "There were lots of personal and seasonal records. It’s hard to finish one spot out of sending a team to state. Both boys and girls were fourth overall.  I am really happy for our six individual qualifiers. Nora has been amazing all year. Clara has had an extraordinary freshman year. Paige is a senior and going for the first time. She has worked so hard. She ran with a lot of guts (Saturday) to get the job done.”

“The boys ran great. Kudos to Hart, Benzie, and Manton.  Our top 5 all had personal records or seaonal records. Anthony and Ryan are returning to state and Gus is going as a freshman. Ty and Mason both had PRs. I am proud of them. 

“This is the most we’ve had qualify. We are looking to have a great time at MIS next weekend.”

For Pine River, Elizabeth Rigling was 18th (21:20.78), Amanda Hill 48th (23:23.54), and Madelynne Sterly 62nd (25:28.90).

Harly Landenberg was 68th for Evart (26:40.74). Ambyr Cornell 73rd (29:03.26), Faith Hamilton 74th (28:28.22) and Madie Leyder 75th (28:25.34).