Former Reed City sprinter looking to stay healthy at Aquinas

REED CITY — Eric Reed has made the grade in college men’s track.

Reed graduated from Reed City in 2012. He’s been with Aquinas’ men’s track team for two years.

At Reed City, Reed ran track, played baseball and saw action in other sports including soccer.

In high school, he had a second-place finish with the 4x4 relay team and had an eighth-place finish in the 200 dash in track for the state finals and was an all-state honorable mention in soccer.

At Aquinas, Reed has performed with the team in indoor and outdoor track.

“This past year, I was hurt for a majority of the season,” he said. “I had a knee that bothered me. I didn’t run real fast indoor at all. I ran 22.56, I think indoor, was my fastest, which was pretty close to what I ran in high school. Outdoor season came along, and I got enough rest and got healthy and ended up running 22.2 in the 200-meter dash which was really good, and then I split low 49s in the 4x4 and 50 in the open 400.”

The 200 and 400 were his main events.

“Eric has done a nice job for the Aquinas track and field team,” coach Dave Wood said. “He struggled with some injuries and inconsistency but finished the year strong and we are hoping for big things from him for his final two years.”

Aquinas runs in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. He placed seventh in the league 400.

“We have a very tough conference with Indiana Tech, men and women, who have both won the national title,” Reed said. “Siena Heights is also a top team.”

After two seasons at Aquinas, the coach “does a great of getting the staff to help us get better and help us peak at right time at nationals and not peak too early,” Reed said. “We’ve been a tough team indoors and outdoors. This upcoming year will be our first with an indoor facility.”

Reed competed twice at NAIA nationals last season. 

“This year, I wasn’t running well enough, indoor, to be part of the 4x4 that went and was All-American,” Reed said. “My freshman year, we went to indoor and outdoor national and finished really close to the top. But we weren’t All-American.”

Reed is focusing on next season.

“My biggest goal is to stay healthy for a full season,” he said. “Last year I had some shoulder issues that prevented me from weight-lifting and other sorts of things that would have helped me get faster. If I stay healthy and do the workouts coaches have designed, it will help me a lot and I’ll be able to run faster.”

During the summer, Reed is focusing on staying in shape.