Coyote freshman set to score key points for track team

TRACK: Collin Hatfield will be in several events for Reed City's track team. (Herald Review/John Raffel)
TRACK: Collin Hatfield will be in several events for Reed City’s track team. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Collin Hatfield is only a freshman but Reed City track and field coaches expect him to make some noise this spring in various events.

He ran track in middle school and covered the 100, 400 meter and long jump.

“Our 4 by 1, we did really good,” he said.

In practices, Hatfield said limitations from not having enough outdoor practices because of the weather will make the handoffs challenging in the relays.

In high school track, compared to middle school “the competition is a lot better,” Hatfield said.

He has high hopes for the Coyote 400 meter relay and the 100. He usually gets out to a good start in the sprints, Hatfield indicated.

Reed City was at Newaygo Monday for a Central State Activities Association double dual. The Coyotes are at Morley Stanwood this Wednesday.

Being outside “is real important,” Hatfield said. “It gets you in shape.”

There are several quality sprinters on the team, Hatfield indicated, adding that not having many preseason outdoor practices especially hurts a team in those events.

“Distances are doing good too,” he said. ”Our team is looking good. We have a lot of athletes out.”

“It will take a few weeks and a few meets to find out where the team is at, Hatfield said. “We just want to get better as the year goes on.”