REED CITY — Reed City expects to have a solid cross country girls team this fall, led by sophomore Joelynn Gamble-Brown who gained valuable experience  last season.

Gamble-Brown said she’ll be much faster this year compared to 2013.

“I trained with my aunt this summer,” she said, adding that her best time last season was 23:53 and she had a recent time of 23:28. Last season, from the start of the season, she was eventually able to take off six minutes.

This season, Gamble-Brown is confident she can take off a couple of more minutes if she pushes herself.

“I have to work on pacing myself at the beginning, then take off better,” she said.

Gamble-Brown also ran track in the spring.

For this season’s cross country team, Gamble-Brown is hoping the experience and training she’s had will pay off richly. Last season, she was able to make the adjustment from middle school to high school cross country.

“I’m pretty good with my kick at the end,” she said.

The season starts this Saturday at Benzie Central for the Pete Moss Invitational, followed by the Chippewa Hills Invitational Aug. 26 and the Mason County Central Invitational Sept. 4. The first CSAA race is Sept. 9 at Big Rapids.