Area teams compete in CSAA Gold cross country meet

Big Rapids’ Dan Hardesty heads to the finish line in Tuesday’s CSAA race. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REMUS — Big Rapids’ Meghan Langworthy won the girls division of the Central State Activities Association Gold Division cross country race on Tuesday.

Big Rapids was third in the girls race at 57 while host Chippewa Hills was second at 52 and Fremont first at 43.

Reed City was fourth at 95.

For Chippewa Hills, Natalie Newcombe was fifth (20:22.07). Sarah Storey sixth (20:31.01), Deziree Shaw eighth (20:42.45), Madison Grover 15th (21:55.56), Alicia Robertson 18th (22:18.74) and Emily Fredrick 19th (22:23.51).

“Fremont is a good team and executed a great race,” Chippewa Hills coach Zach Hatfield said.

Langworthy had a time of 19:32.83 for Big Rapids. Also for the Cards. Madison Hammer was seventh (20:52.50), Hanna Brock 10th (21:11.03). Kate Langworthy 11th (21:27.53) and Destiny Weckesser 34th (24:07.89).

For Reed City, Abbigail Kiaunis was third (20:15.51). Taylor Harrison 14th (21:46.92), Paige Lofquist 26th (22:58.08). Leigha Johnson 31st (23;56.59) and Brooke Miller 35th (24:10.78).

Fremont had 35 to win the boys race. Big Rapids was second (63), Reed City fourth (104) and Chippewa Hills seventh (191). For Big Rapids, Dan Hardesty was fourth (16:58.3), Logan Williams ninth (17:36.43), Casey Bouman 11th (17:39.14), Ryan Ososki 13th (17:56.98) and Archie Rush 27th (19:22.24).

“Dan, Casey and Ryan had some great races today,” Big Rapids coach Chase Gibson said. With Logan, I was happy with those four guys.”

“It was good,” Hardesty said. “We had a race on Friday (at Michigan State), so we were all kind of sore.”

“On the girls side, I was very impressed with our top four girls getting in the top 11 places” Gibson said. “We were only five points behind Chippewa Hills. We’re closing the gap with them.”

For Reed City, Brandon Wirth was third (16:48.39). Calvin Rohde sixth (17:21.43). Noah Blythe 21st (18:47.19). Jared Karns 39th (20:04.51) and Ryan Simmons 46th (20:36.30).

It was a good race. I ran a great time,” Wirth said. “I thought I was handling the hills well.”

“It was a very easy race and a great time,” Rohde said. ‘I’m looking forward to the next race.”

“I thought the course ran really fast today,” Reed City coach Rich Saladin said. “ We saw some great times for many of our athletes. We had four PRs and five more season records. Brandon Wirth and Calvin were third and sixth overall for the boys. Abbigail Kiaunis finished third overall in the girls’ race. I think she’s fully recovered from her broken toe that set her back early in the season.  Taylor Harrison has been really beaten up this season but she finished 14th and that keeps her in the running for honorable mention all conference.

“Both teams finished fourth out of eight teams which puts us in the upper half of the conference. We’ve come a long way in three years and it’s great to see the kids have success. I am proud of each and everyone of them.”

For Chippewa Hills, Nicolas Sherman was 24th (19:04.79). Aiden Hollandsworth 45th (20:25.96) and Craig Wernette 47th (20:3721).

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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