Reed City’s Kiaunis getting the job done

Abbigail Kiaunis hopes to have a big season for Reed City.

REED CITY — Abbigail Kiaunis has two successful cross country season in the books and is looking for a third.

The Reed City junior got off to a fine start on Tuesday in the Chippewa Hills Warrior Early Season Invitational.

She was fourth overall in 20 minutes, 36.3 seconds.

“My race was pretty all right.” she said. “It was mentally and physically tough. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. It’s pretty all right weather.”

The first two seasons have been impressive for Kiaunis. She had her personal record last season of 19:14.6 in the regional to qualify for state. She placed 38th, eight spots away from all-state status.

Kiaunis also went to state as a freshman and finished 42nd.

Last season, she struggled with a toe injury.

“That didn’t stop me from running,” she said. “I want to get sub­­­—18s this year and get all-state. I need to work harder at practice. Last year, I kind of didn’t work as hard. I’m determined to work harder this year.”

Kiaunis indicated her beginning mile at Chippewa Hills may have been too fast.

“My last stretch is great,” Kiaunis said. “Our team is looking really strong. I have confidence we can make it to state.”

“I thought the kids did well for their first race,” Reed City coach Rich Saladin said. “We talked about improving from day 1 to the last day and it’s day 8. We have some work to do. I was proud of Calvin (Rohde) for the boys and Abbi leading the girls. There was great talent here today.”

 

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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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