Reed City twins performing well for cross country team
REED CITY – Elijah Lentz and his identical twin brother Izaiah have had extremely productive seasons as freshmen for the Reed City boys cross country team.
At Tuesday’s CSAA title meet, Izaiah Lentz was 19th (19:02) and Elijah Lentz 26th (19:29), with a personal record.
“It’s gone pretty well,” Elijah said after a meet earlier this season. “I wouldn’t say I know if I would like the sport because I didn’t want to do it at first. I’ve grown to like it.”
They both ran it in middle school.
“I didn’t want to do it for the first year because I wanted to get used to high school,” Elijah said.
But so far, so good. He said he wants to break 19 minutes if possible. He’ll get his chance this weekend at the pre-regional meet.
Elijah said he and his brother usually run separately but have been closely bunched at times.
“I usually like to get off to a good start,” Elijah said.
He added he and his brother ran a little bit during the summer.
They also like wrestling and track.
“I like wrestling a lot,” Elijah said. “I like the different moves you can do and the different styles.”
“They can all be equally enjoyable, but I do prefer wrestling,” Izaiah said.
Izaiah’s personal record so far this season has been 18:43.8 at the Oiler Invitational in Mount Pleasant. He would like to break 18 minutes.
The Coyotes’ top runners this season have been freshmen, including the twins.
“I really, for the most part, try to get a good finish,” Izaiah said.
The Lentz’s started cross in the sixth grade and Izaiah said they were encouraged to run cross country by their parents.
The twins say they spend a lot of time with each other, and are hoping to end the cross season in a major way.