Wirth places first at Clare
CLARE — Reed City’s Brandon Wirth had another first-place performance at the Clare Invitational on Wednesday at Mid-Michigan Community College.
“The Clare Invite is unique in that there are four grade-level races with the boys and girls running together in each race,” Reed City coach Richard Saladin said.
Wirth won the 12th grade boys race (17:04).
“This is the third consecutive race that Wirth has won to start the season,” Saladin said. “Ryan Simmons clocked a 20:18 to finish 12th overall for the seniors. Junior Calvin Rohde won the 11th grade race with a time of 17:30. Noah Blythe finished 10th and Jared Karns 11th with both running sub-20 times.
Taylor Harrison finished fourth in the 11th grade girls’ race (22:18). Leigha Johnson also medaled with a 10th-place finish (24:29). For sophomores, Abbigail Kiaunis, coming off an injury, was able to run her first race of the year and finished third (21:09).
Brooke Miller also earned a medal by taking 10th (24:31). Freshman Paige Lofquist finished ninth (23:07). Sophomore Gavin Throop set a personal record (23:58) as did freshman Joe Robinson (26:31).
“The kids ran really well,” Saladin said. “Brandon and Calvin both winning their age groups was fun to watch. It’s difficult to run with a lead so it was a great learning day for them, too. Abbi Kiaunis, Taylor Harrison, Paige Lofquist, and Mackenzie Vandawater are all coming back from some type of illness, injury, or surgery. They all ran really well and it was a good tune-up for our first conference meet on Tuesday at Central Montcalm.
“We’ll get some recovery runs in (Thursday) and get some workouts in over the long holiday weekend and be ready for Tuesday. Some of our first time runners earned another PR, so a big shout out to Gavin and Joe. We continue to improve as a team from top to bottom. It’s great to see the support and encouragement from one teammate to another.”