Harrison narrowly misses state finals spot

Taylor Harrison
Taylor Harrison

REED CITY — Reed City junior runner Taylor Harrison very much wanted to place in the top 15 at the regional meet on Oct. 27 to qualify her for last Saturday’s Division 3 state final.

She almost met her goal. At Benzie Central in the regional, Harrison had her season’s best of 20:34 for 21st place. Only the top 15 qualify for the state meet.

It was Harrison’s second year of high school cross country. As a sophomore, she had 20:32.1 for her personal record at the regional meet where she was 26th.

Harrison fell two seconds shy this season at the regional of breaking her personal record.

As the season progressed into late September, the weather started to be cooler, and more to Harrison’s liking.

“I started off the year with a couple of injuries so I didn’t get off to as good of a start as I wanted to, but I’m making progress,” she said, after the Pine River Invitational midway in the season.

Her goal was to get it down to her personal record and she almost did.

“Usually my first mile and my kick at the end,” are strengths, Harrison said. Her second mile needs improvement, she added.

“I love my team this year,” Harrison said. “I love the atmosphere we bring.”