GLADWIN – The annual Cedar Bend Invite kicked off on a crisp and sunny morning at the Gladwin Recreation Area Saturday with crosscountry runners from 10 mid Michigan area schools competing in the varsity run. The Gladwin Junior High School coaches hosted the invitational, and did an excellent job of managing the race, said Gladwin varsity boys’ coach Mike Shearer. The event also included junior varsity, K-8 and K-6 races as well as an open race. The Gladwin boys finished a “very respectable” fifth place and girls sixth in the varsity race, while the Beaverton boys finished fourth and the girls tenth, according to their respective coaches. Standish was not in the girls’ race. Teams racing in order of finish in the boys’ varsity, which included 65 runners according to Athletic.net, were Bullock Creek, Pinconning, Garber, Beaverton, Standish, Gladwin, Harrison, Ogemaw, Freedom and Oscoda. The order of finish reported by the Internet site for the girls’ varsity, which included 46 runners, was Garber, Ogemaw, Harrison, Bullock Creek, Freedom, Gladwin, Pinconning,Beaverton and Oscoda. Leading the way and medaling for Gladwin was Nick Voise with a time of 19:22. Following Nick were Sean Pickard (20:26), Roger Willford (20:53), Dallas Gibson (21:19), Brett Walker (21:57), Mike Moore (22:11) and Dominic Wegner (23:10). The Gladwin course is a tough little course with a combination of hills, sand and sharp turns that result in some slower times for most runners, said Shearer. “Sean Pickard once again turned in a solid time and said ‘bring on the hills.’ “I do not have his time but first-time runner Andrew Good not only finished the race but had a very good time. He seemed to even have some fun,” Shearer said. “Overall it was a great race, a beautiful day and a great effort by the people running the race.” Shania Paisley led the Gladwin girls at the event, finishing in 14th place with a time of 24:03. Casey Bishop came in next (26:17) followed by Madison Howard (27:23), and Annika Bandt (28:00), who cut two minutes off her time. “Annika Bandt was my runner of the day,” said Gladwin girls’ coach Amber Harper. “She had a phenomenal run, and a great sprint at the end.” It was also Bandts’ personal record, the coach noted. Top male runners for the Beaverton varsity at Cedar Bend were Erik Maxwell (18:57) and Zeke Dassay (19:04) in 7th and 8th place. Also running in hot pursuit were Zach Babcock (20:13), Travis Sleight (20:28), Ryan Rybkowski (20:45), Ritchie Gordon (21:11) and Austin Schnepp (22:40). The top Lady Beaver runners were Valarie Steele (27:13) and Jocelynn Bresette (29:55). Also running were Jazmin Steele (30:01), Michelle Eschenbacher (30:48), Sierra Bryant (32:56), and Megan Goheen (35:14). Beaverton runners competing in the junior varsity race were Ian Ritter, Logan Graves and Kris Kitkamjai. Running for the junior high team were Parker Hayes (2nd overall) and Zach Claypool, according to Beaverton coach Toby Steele. The Beavers also had boys and girls running in the sixth grade and under 1-mile race. Isaac Steele won the race with Nick Claypool running a respectable third. Samantha Massaro and Cheyenne King ran for the Beaverton girls. Coach Steele ran to a second place finish in the open race, and a brother of one of the runners tried a 5K in the open race. Tanner Goheen ran a very respectable 4th place.”That was a lot harder than I thought,” he commented. The Gladwin junior high boys had a great race with the following results: Adam Bishop 5th at a 6:40 pace, Evan Rhind 13th at 7:20, Fung jin Cui 16th at 7:21, Blake Otto 20th at 7:36, Austin Edgar 25th at 7:50,and Tommy Taylor 35th at 8:22. In the mile race Justin Zietz ran 8:43 and finished in the top for the Flying G boys with 57 total runners in the race, according to Gladwin coach Kernie Gilliam. Adam and Evan had exceptional races and Austin Edgar is regaining his early season form, Gilliam said. Tommy Taylor is suffering from a hip injury and that keeps slowing him down. “This is unfortunate as he was really moving up on our team board and was challenging for the second best spot,” explained the coach. “Evan Rhind continues to improve and probably is the most pure runner on the team. “He could be very good if he sticks with it throughout high school. Adam is just getting better. He trains hard and races hard. “Austin had a lull for a couple of weeks but looked strong on Saturday, we need him to run well to look good as a team. Fung Jin is running well also, he missed some of our harder practices and I think that hurts him a little. “Blake just needs to go out harder and run like he does in practice. He has been our leader all year, (and) shows tremendous growth as a runner over last year. Justin is training hard and racing hard. I could not be prouder of his effort this year.” The Gladwin junior high boys will travel to Mid Michigan Community College today to compete in their second league jamboree. The varsity Beaverton and Gladwin runners are slated to compete at a Jackpine Jamboree hosted by Farwell today at 4:30 p.m. They will return to Cedar Bend for the final Jackpine Jamboree of the season on Wed., Oct. 17, starting at 4:30 p.m.
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