Montabella girls off to state XC finals

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:55 am on Monday, October 28, 2013

CARSON CITY — Montabella’s girls cross country team will be heading to Michigan International Speedway.

The Mustangs finished third in their Division 4 regional at Carson City to qualify for the Division 4 state finals, which is next Saturday.

They scored 74 points, which trailed just Breckenridge (40) and Beal City (41) in the regional.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever qualified for state,” Montabella coach Jeff Kauffman said. “We knew we had a good chance but we knew (Mount Pleasant) Sacred Heart would be our competition. It was a good fight.”

Montabella was led by Taylor Smith, who was fourth overall (19:43.9). Kensington Garvey was eighth (20:14.9), Kim Buskirk was 16th (21:36.8), Alyviah Karcher was 25th (22:18.8) and Brynn Lobert was 30th (22:48.8).

“It’s a real big accomplishment,” Kauffman said. “We’ve been trying all year to do it. We’ve been working all summer and the kids have put in a lot of hard work. It’s a big deal for us”

One boy will go with the girls, and that was Kelton Eldred. He was 14th overall (17:36.7), which qualified for individual state honors.

In Division 2, Belding will send one boy and one girl to the state finals. The girl was Teresa Myles, who took sixth overall (19:37.0) at the regional also ran at Carson City. The boy is Trevor Curtis, who also was sixth overall (16:32.9).

The host Eagles will be sending three to MIS in Division 3. Kaitlin Beyer was fifth overall (19:35.8) to qualify on the girls side, while Tyler Craig was fourth (16:58.5) and Kolton Kavanaugh was 13th (17:13.2).

“I’m very happy for the three of them,” CC-Crystal coach Grant Woodman said. “This is Kolton’s first trip to state and Ty’s second. This will be Kaitlin’s third trip to the state meet, having made it as a freshman and a sophomore.”

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