Bradford anticipates strong senior season for Coyotes
REED CITY — Eric Bradford is back for his senior season and is hoping to help the Reed City boys track squad have a banner season.
Along with his twin brother Michael, Bradford is hopeful of having another productive spring. Depending on the weather, the Coyotes were hopeful of getting to some outdoor meets this week. Spring break is next week and action resumes the week of April 8.
It won’t be easy to duplicate the achievements of 2012 but the Coyotes are going to try.
“We broke the school record in the 4 by 4 (last spring) which we felt good about,” Bradford said. “That was our goal all year. We actually had a chance to win the 4 by 4 but came a little short and got second at state. At the beginning of the year, we didn’t think we’d have that opportunity. So we were really happy with our performance in the 4 by 4 relay.”
Joe Oehrli and Eric Reed were a member of that relay and both have graduated.
“I might run a little more open 400,” he said. “I’m still going to do long jump. We’ll probably still do 4 by 4 but we’re looking for a fourth leg. It will be and Michael, plus Eric Voelker. We’re still looking for a fourth leg.”
Bradford is hoping the Coyotes can return to state in that relay.
“Me and my brother both hope to qualify in the long jump,” he said. “At the Pioneer meet, I jumped 19-9. I jumped a 20-1 at practice but as we know, that doesn’t really count.”
The Coyotes hope to be a factor in the Central State Activities Association meet.
“We have some new kids coming out,” Bradford said. “Trevor Nelson is out, Jacob Vincent is back. We’re looking good, I think. We have more kids than in past years.”