STERLING – The Gladwin Cross Country teams traveled to Sterling last week for a meet at Whites on the River, the home course for the Standish Sterling cross country team. It was a successful outing for the Flying G’s, all four teams won their division and three of four individual winners were from Gladwin.
Gladwin took the first five places in the boys varsity race. Wilson Bragg (19:26) finished first. He was followed by Caleb Palmreuter (20:55), Dakota Leddy (21:01), Ethan Edgar (21:10), and Tanner Bissonette (21:19), Ethan Underwood (22:11) finished 8th, Carson Allen (23:05) 11th, Jack Wilford (24:59) 15th, Isaac Cunningham (25:12) 17th, David Dremmer (25:26) 18th, Devin Brewer (26:14) 20th, John Whitman (26:57) 22nd and Josh OHenley (27:25) 23rd.
The top runner for Gladwin in the girls’ race was Tessa Cameron. She ran the course in 23:28 and finished second. Following her were Jasmine Strayer (25:41) 6th, Racheal Nyarko (25:53) 7th, Macey Haines (27:22) 11th, Olivia Kleinhardt (28:47) 17th, Tricia Pyrzewski (29:13), and Delaney Cote 31:22) 24th.
The conditions in Sterling weren’t the greatest. It rained throughout the varsity race. With the runners still required to wear masks last week it was like “water boarding,” said Coach Jordan Strohkirk. While his runners ran well the sloppy conditions on the course and the mask requirement hampered their times. Several Gladwin runners actually got lost which also affected their times. Strohkirk believes that Leddy probably would have run about 30 seconds faster and Cote about two minutes faster if they hadn’t lost their way. With better conditions, and no masks Strohkirk expects the time to improve this week. “We are also seeing a lot of improvement in the depth of out team,” Strohkirk added.
Interestingly enough Cote still set a personal record by about seven minutes even though she got lost. “I’m very proud of her,” said Strohkirk. A couple of Gladwin runners also experienced some disappointment when the meet organizers didn’t have enough medals. The first 12 places were supposed to receive awards, but when it was time to pass them out they did not have enough. Strohkirk mentioned that Haines and Allen both handled the situation with “class.” They didn’t complain and took the situation in stride.
Gladwin went one/two in the junior high boys race. Seth Mead (12:58) finished first and Elijah Christianson finished second. They were followed by Myles Robinson (4), Ben Verellen (5), Jacob Pahl (6), Adam Cameron (7), Mason Cameron (8), Bryce Johnson (11), Ryder Johnson (12), Ivan Christensen (16), Garrett Cingano (17), Blake Verellen (18), James Griffith (19), and Jeffery Sisson (20).
The junior high race had some interesting moments. A runner from Standish took off fast at the start and fell on the first turn about 30 yards into the race. The Gladwin boys were able to jump over him and keep on running. Christensen ran half the race with one shoe. He lost one about a mile into the race and finished without it. Mead and Christensen dominated from the start. “They actually got a little off course, but still ran very good times. The rest of the team did well too,” according to Strohkirk.
Gladwin also took first and second in the girls junior high race. Abby Robinson (15:26) finished first; Alanis Povey (17:55) came in second. Other runners for Gladwin included Braelyn Grubb (4), Julia Edick (6), Tori Johnson (8), Carmen Bragg (9), and Charlotte Mawhorter (10). “The girls did a great job girls,” said Coach Carissa Petherbridge. “I am so proud of them. They were a little nervous about the course having never been on it, but they did awesome.”
The Gladwin teams will be at Meridian this Saturday for the Meridian Invite. At the high school level the Flying G’s will be competing against the host Mustangs along with John Glenn and Standish. Strohkirk expects some better competition at the high school level this week, but thinks that the big race of the day will be among the middle school runners. Mead and Christianson will be going up against TJ Hanson from Freeland. He is originally from Ogemaw, but has transferred to Freeland.