Reed City runners shine in first meet of the season

Nora Smoes has gotten off to a strong start for Reed City's girls cross country team. (Courtesy photo)

Nora Smoes has gotten off to a strong start for Reed City's girls cross country team. (Courtesy photo)

REMUS – Girl runners survived the extreme heat to compete in Tuesday’s (Aug. 24) Warrior Early Season Invitational at Chippewa Hills.

It was the first meet of the season for most teams.

For Reed City, Nora Smores was 12th (22:01.45) to lead the way.

"Our team ran well considering it was the first meet of the season," Smores said. "I definitely prefer running in the cold."

Also for the Coyotes, Carly Carlson was 27th (23:25.10), Paige Lofquist 29th (23:50.94), Clara Smoes 45th (25:20.6) Taylor Hilliard 66th (27:32.61), and Alaina Hanson 79th (29:14.83).

"The girls ran well and finished 8th out of 9th teams in the large school Red Division," Reed City coach Rich Saladin said. "We had three girls medal in the top 50 with Nora Smoes leading the way with a 22:01 and 16th overall. Freshman Carly Carlson had a great start to her career with a time of 23:25 and an overall 36th place finish. Senior Paige Lofquist also medaled at 40th place and a time of 23:51. Carly Carlson and Taylor Hilliard rounded out our scorers while Alaina Hanson and Olivia Lewis both finished strong.:

"Nora has worked really hard over the summer and it showed in her first race. She's going to have a great season. The three freshman girls - Carly Carlson, Clara Smoes, and Alaina Hanson -- will all learn from this first high school race. They will only get better. Seniors Paige Lofquist and Taylor Hilliard showed some grit today and we're happy for their performance."

Freeland handily won the boys meet with 25 points while St. Louis was second at 81. Reed City was fifth at 126, Big Raoids seventh at 203 and Chippewa Hills eighth at 209.

"There was some great competition and we definitely held our own. Having six boys medal was pretty impressive. It was very hot out there today,” Rich Saladin said. “The kids have been putting in the work and we are a little bit ahead of last year. Mason Dozier at seventh (team rankings) for us did a great job and freshman Gus Rohde mixing it up in the top 5 was exciting. Ryan and Anthony are going to be our lead dogs but we have a very strong team from 1 through 7. Seniors Nate Huss, Mason Johnson, and TJ Woodside might not get the numbers or the press, but their effort and leadership matter. We are looking forward to the next race."

Freeland took the top three spots and was led by Braydon Honsinger, first in 17:04.93.

For Reed City, Ryan Allen was 11th (18:37.03), Anthony Kiaunis 14th (18:44.77), Izaiah Lentz 23rd (19:27.90) August Rohde 25th (19:36.53), Ty Kailing 33rd (20:25.94) and Elijah Lentz 34th (20:30.58).

"The first mile felt a little bit fast," Kiaunis said. "In the heat like this, it's a little hard to run. In the woods I felt great. Coming out of the woods, the heat affected me."