Forman, Oehrli piling up the points

REED CITY — Kristin Forman and Joe Oehrli continue to pick up valuable points in various meets for Reed City’s track teams.

It’s Forman’s senior season. She’s been running the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs and has been enjoying success each time out.

“I’ve been inconsistent and am starting to pick up my pace more,” she said, adding that the 800 meters has been her best event. “My best time this year was 2:38 at an indoor meet. I want to beat our school record of 2:24. It will take a lot of speed work.”

The first lap is usually the best part of the race for Forman.

“It’s a mental game for me,” she said. “‘I have to mentally tell myself I can do it.”

The 1,600-meter run is her second best event. A 5:58 has been her best time. She wants to get into the 5:40s.

“I want to get better in the last half-mile,” Forman said. “I want to make it to the state finals again this year.”

She’s been a state qualifier in the 800 in the past but wants to finish higher than the 18th place she’s had before. “It will take more speed work for sure,” Forman said. “I feel I can do a little bit better. I want to keep progressing throughout the whole season.”

Joe Oehrli against Big Rapids and White Cloud last week was first in the 1,600, first in the 800, second in the 3,200 and fourth in the 1,600-meter relay.

“It was a decent day,” he said. “It’s been going good. I ran a 4:34 in the 1,600.”

His best event this sprint has been the 800 or 1,600. He’s had a 4:34 in the 1,600 and a 2:02 indoor in the 800.

“I want to try to get 4:20 in the 1,600 and a 1:57 in the 800,” Oehrli said. “I need to build some strength and build up my kick.”

He’s yet to qualify for state outdoors in those events. He’s confident he can go in the 800 and 1,600 and that his best times are yet to come.

“I just need to get in more practice,” he said.