Coyote high jumper will miss shot at sophomore season
BIG RAPIDS -- Demi Lodholtz had a very impressive freshman track and field season at Reed City and was looking forward to the 2020 campaign.
In her freshman season. Lodholtz was Central State Activities Association Gold Division and regional champ in the high jump. Her personal record came in the regional meet with an effort of 5 feet, 2 inches.
"I did pretty good and went to state in the high jump," Lodholtz said.
She had an effort of 4-11 at the state meet for ninth place, just one place away from All-State status.
"You put your footwork down and learn to arch your back," Lodholtz said, adding at the state meet, "I feel I did pretty good. But there was a rain delay and it kind of messed me up."
She also ran the 300 hurdles and had a personal record of 56.6 seconds. Her steps have been a strength. She saw action in three relays and the 400-meter dash.
Had the season not been canceled by the MHSAA because of the coronavirus issue, Lodholtz would have hoped to have beaten the high jump school record of 5-foot-3.
"I would have to get stronger and jump higher," she said.
But the good news is Lodholtz would still have two seasons to set the mark.
"I wish the season would not have ended," she said, adding that in the future, "I would start working on volleyball. There's usually summer camps for volleyball and basketball."
She also played varsity basketball and volleyball or the 2019-20 season.