Is Gladwin Cross Country back? Second year coach Jordan Strohkirch thinks so. He believes that his boy’s team is loaded with talent and may challenge Clare for the conference title. He also thinks that it is possible that they could make it all the way to the state meet as a team.
The boys team returns multiple veterans and has a loaded freshmen class. First team all conference performer, Dakota Leddy is back for his junior year and sophomore Caleb Palmreuter is healthy giving the Flying G’s a formidable one-two punch. Senior Tanner Bissonette joins Leddy as captain of the boy’s team and echo’s Strohkirch sentiments when he told me, “I think we are going to have a great team and I’m hoping we are going to states this year.”
Everyone seems really excited to get the season started. Leddy mentioned that he is looking forward to running in meets without a mask on. Currently there are no plans to split the regions into sub regions, as was the case last year when the Michigan High School Athletic Association sought to limit the number of competitors at one site.
Other seniors returning for their final year include; Carson Allen, Josh O’Henley, and David Dremmer. “We bring back a lot of talent in our senior class,” said Strohkirch. Beside Leddy, returning juniors include Ethan Edgar and Ethan Underwood and newcomer Kyle Campbell. Edgar also qualified for the regional last year.
The sophomore class includes Palmreuter, John Whitman and first year runner Logan Keatley. “John has made huge improvement from where he started last year,” added Jordan. “We also have a drop dead, awesome freshmen class.” He is real excited to see what Elijah Christensen, Brayden Dee, and Seth Mead can do at the varsity level. “Our numbers are up and we have no weaknesses top to bottom,” he concluded.”
The girls team also returns a talented nucleus. Seniors Racheal Nyarko and Macy Haines are this years captains. Both told me that they are excited for the new season and think that they are going to have a good year. “We have a lot of experience at the top that is infiltrated with a lot of youth,” said Strohkirck. Sophomore Tessa Cameron, and freshman Abby Robinson, Brooke Methner, Carmen Bragg and Savannah Bissonette give the team a bright future.
“I think that we could be a surprise team in the conference this season. We should be able to improve on our fourth place finish from last season. We have good chemistry and great leaders,” he said. Lauren Reynolds and Buddy Goldsworthy return as assistant coaches.
The Flying G’s open the season on Saturday in the John Glenn Invite where the boys are the defending champions.