BENZONIA — Led by senior Brandon Wirth’s first-place overall finish, the Reed City Coyote boys’ cross country team placed second out of 17 teams in the White Division at the Pete Moss Invitational at Benzie Central High School on Saturday.
Swapping leads throughout the race with McBain’s Keegan O’Malley and Montague’s Cole Jensen, Wirth sprinted away from both in the last 30 meters to win by 1.1 seconds with a time of 16:32. Junior Calvin Rohde placed sixth (17:05) and fellow juniors Noah Blythe and Jared Karns finished 17th (18:27) and 38th (19:14). Senior captain Ryan Simmons finished out the scoring for the Coyotes in 19:52 in 54th place out of 174 runners. The boys’ team totaled 102 points to finish second to McBain with 56 points.