Coyote junior eyes productive season in jumps

REED CITY — Zach Borst is a junior in his first varsity track season who is picking the sport back up after a stint in middle school.

“I thought I’d try something different,” he said.

Borst made his season debut in the Grand Valley State indoor meet in March. He got 10th in the long jump and eighth in the high jump.

“I exceeded my expectations in the long jump,” he said. “In the high jump, I expected to get a little more competitive.”

Borst did those events in middle school and had both in mind when he decided to come out for track.

“I hope to go to state in both of those,” he said.

Borst is hoping for 20 to 21 feet in long jump this season and up to 6-2 in high jump.

“When I go off the board, that’s probably my strength,” Borst said of the long jump. “I have good push-off power to get my distance.”

Borst indicated he has a “pretty good vertical” in the long jump.

The Coyote track athletes have basically been confined to the indoors. Borst’s first time that he could truly test himself in those events was at the Grand Valley meet. He’s looking forward to getting outdoors.

There are some others in those two events and Borst is looking forward to having his team score key points in the high jump and long jump.

“I think we’re going to have a pretty good team,” Borst said. “They were solid at Grand Valley. We had people that placed (in various events).”

Borst also does the 400 run. His best event “at Grand Valley was definitely the long jump,” he indicated.

But Borst added that he plans on being equally competitive in both events.