The title is Reed City's: Coyote boys complete sweep of CSAA cross country races

Several runners receive all-conference honors

Reed City's Gus Rohde heads for the finish line during Tuesday's CSAA race at Kent City.

Reed City's Gus Rohde heads for the finish line during Tuesday's CSAA race at Kent City.

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REED CITY – For the first time since 1983, the Reed City boys cross country team has won a conference championship.

The Coyotes finished first in Tuesday’s final jamboree with 62, holding back Central Montcalm (73), Big Rapids (74), Tri County (96) Kent City (106), Chippewa Hills (154) and Newaygo (234).

Central Montcalm won the girls race with 55, followed by Kent City (65), Chippewa Hills (85), Reed City (107), Newaygo (135), Big Rapids (152), Morley Stanwood (153), Tri County (157), White Cloud (191) and Lakeview (321).

For the Reed City boys, August Rohde was second (16:44.56), Anthony Kiaunis eighth (17:22.66), Ty Kailing (17:55.90), Ryan Allen 14th (17:57/99) and Aaron Allen 30th (19:12.92).

“It was kind of miserable weather,” Reed City coach Rich Saladin said. “I was cold and rainy and halfway sleet. But everyone had to deal with it and the kids ran really well. Gus Rohde was outstanding and was No. 2 overall. We had three guys in the top 14. That was a difference maker for us. Aaron Allen had a good push for us at the end as our No. 5 scorer.

“We were first place in the first two meets, and to complete it was a big deal for the runners. We’re super excited. It’s the first time since 1983 a Reed City boys team has won conference. The boy continue to solidify themselves as one of the best teams in the area.”

Rohde, Kinins, Kaling and Ryan Allen earned all-conference honors. Aaron Allen was honorable mention all-conference.

For Reed City girls, Nora Smoes was ninth (21:23.33), Clara Smoes 12th (22:10.6), Carly Carlson was 21st (22:51.09), Caelyn London was 27th (23:23.98), and Makayla Watkins was 38th (24:41.39).

“The girls ran a great race too,” Saladin said. “Our first conference race we were seventh and tonight we were seventh. We had two freshmen with PRs and Carly Carlson had first team honorable mention honors. Clara and Nora were first team. We’re excited with the potential the girls have.”