BUCKLEY – The cross country season came to an end last week when runners from Gladwin and Beaverton competed in their respective Regional Meets last Saturday. Gladwin was at Buckley High School while Beaverton ran at Saginaw Heritage.
Wilson Bragg was the top runner for Gladwin finishing 27th with a personal record of 17:41. Dakota Leddy and Ethan Edgar also set personal records of 18:07 and 18:57 respectively. Leddy finished 35th and Edgar came in 55th. Racheal Nyarko was the top runner for Gladwin in the girls race finishing 50th with a personal record time of 22:14. Kylee Zietz was close behind in 52nd with a time of 22:30, which was also her personal record.
Coach Jordan Strohkrich was really happy with his team’s performance. They worked hard all season, but didn’t want to peak too soon. They obviously got the timing right with every runner setting a personal record last Saturday. He made comments about all of his athletes that competed on Saturday.
“Zietz had a fantastic race. She blew her old personal record out of the water. With no races in the immediate future Nyarko came out and ran hard. She had the race of her life. Dropping her time by over a minute. Both girls are already excited about next year.”
“Edgar was happy to finally go sub nineteen minutes in setting a new personal record. Leddy got in his first week of strictly running after duel sporting with soccer. He also had a big drop in time. He just missed adding his name to the Top 20 in Gladwin cross country history. Bragg ran a great race, he did not go out too fast and let the field come back to him. He finished with a sub eighteen-minute time and went into the Top 20 at number 17.”
Strohkrich also went on to thank Coach Buddy Goldsworthy and Coach Lauren Reynolds for all of their hard work and dedication. He also thanked Felicity Edick who was injured, but helped out all year as the teams’ manager. He is also excited about the future. “The junior high coaches Carissa Petherbridge for the girls, and Sara Christensen and Mike Verellen for the boys are doing a great job. They are setting us up well for the future.”
Beaverton had two runners competing in Saginaw Township. Tessa Wohlschlegel came in 36th place in the girls’ race with a time of 23:11. Nic Claypool bettered his season record with a time of 21:44 in the boys race to finish 57th.