REED CITY — This a big time of year for the Reed City boys track team.

Recently, twin brothers Michael and Eric Bradford, were in their last home meet a week ago and tested their skills in the 1,600-meter relay.

“That was our third meet in five days so we were running it for conditioning,” Michael Bradford said. “The last couple of meets I’ve been running two 400’s. Mason County has a solid team; as soon as we get rest time, we’ll drop our times  down quickly.”

Bradford’s best split has been in the high 50’s.

“It hasn’t been what I wanted due to this shortened season,” Bradford said, noting the impact the cold spring weather has had to outdoor track practices and meets.

“I’m hoping to get down to maybe a high 51 by the end of the season. As soon as I get a team, our best time is a 3:37. It’s not exactly like I wanted. But like I said, we’ve had  a shortened schedule.”

The Bradfords were on last season’s 1,600-meter team and have been working in some new runners.

“They’re getting some work in. They’re making some good strides and should be able to fill in by the end of the season,” Bradford said.

Michael Bradford has also been having a strong season in the long jump. His best jump has been 20-8.

The Coyotes as a team have been excelling.

“Last year and this year, we’ve been solid,” Bradford said. “This year, I think we have a better shot of winning regionals.”

With the poor April weather, “it’s been tough the first couple of weeks,” Bradford acknowledged in early May. “(Last week) was our third full week. It’s almost shocking regionals is this week. We have to make quick strides but I think we’re finally starting to get there.”

Bradford and his brother will be going to the state finals in the 800-meter relay and Eric will be in the 400-meter relay. They will be at the Pioneer meet on Friday in Big Rapids.

That was from their performance at the regionals in Scottville last week.

In the CSAA meet earlier in the week, their 800 and 1,600-meter relay teams were second.

The Bradfords are set to compete Friday in the Pioneer meet at Ferris State.