Reed City senior runner wants high finish at state meet

Coyote boys handily win Thursday invitational

Nora Smoes is in her senior cross country season for Reed City.

Nora Smoes is in her senior cross country season for Reed City.

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REED CITY – Nora Smoes seems ready to end her Reed City cross country career on a high note.

It’s been a solid season so far for the Coyote senior. She’s been a leader for the Coyote girls and for her season record during the CSAA jamboree at Morley Stanwood with a 21:02.0.

Its her sixth year of cross country.

“The first five went really well,” Smoes said. “I started running in middle school but it was high school when I really started to love running.”

She came into this season with lofty goals.

“My goals are to make all-state and first-team all-conference,” Smoes said. “I took 86th place (at state) last year.”

The goal this year is obviously to place higher at state.

“I’m hoping to break 20 minutes and get a sub 20,” she said. “It’s going to take dedication, hard work and practice.”

Her first mile is usually her strongest.

“I do have a good kick at the end,” Smoes said.

She ran extensively during the summer to get ready for this season.

Smoes plays indoor soccer during the winter and outdoor soccer in the spring. She points to cross country as her favorite sport.

“I think it’s great for team bonding and it’s a lot of fun,” she said.

Smoes and the Coyotes will be in the CSAA final meet on Tuesday at Kent City.

The boys were first, and the girls seventh among 12 teams at the Manistee Grabowski Invitational on Thursday. The boys had a 39-87 margin over second-place Ludington.

The Coyotes took the top three spots with August Rohde (17;16.65), Anthony Kiaunis (17:26.67) and Ryan Allen (17:29.9). Ty Kailing was 10th (18;17.67) and Aaron Allen 27th (19:21.47).

For the girls, Smoes was seventh (21:39.02), her sister Clara Smoes was 16th (22:43.68), Carly Carlson 22nd (23:15.31), Sahara Davis 44th (25:25.79) and Makayla Watkins 45th (25:27.52).

“The boys are really excelling and coming into their own. Gus, Anthony, and Ryan finished 1-2-3 against really good competition,” Reed City coach Rich Saladin said. “Those boys push each other. Ty is a very strong number 4. Having four in the top ten makes for a pretty good team score. Aaron Allen, Paul Saladin, and Mason Dozier make for a pretty strong scoring team. It’s a challenging course with a lot of hills that we were able to capitalize on.

The girls also ran well. Only 20 points separated third through seventh place. We are getting better and closing the gap. Carly Carlson had a season record today. All upper class girls are running stronger than last year. We are two weeks away from regionals. Both boys and girls are prepping well. These next few weeks are going to be exciting.”


Pine River 3, Roscommon 0

Pine River hosted Roscommon and won in 3 sets. Scores were: 25-16, 25-19, 25-20.

“Tonight was senior night,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said. “We started the evening honoring our six seniors. We were able to have all six together on the floor the majority of the night. They all worked super hard, played aggressive, and worked as one for the win. This proves that if they have the right mindset anything is possible. We look forward to building on this for the remainder of the season.”