REED CITY  — A few days after Reed City’s basketball season ended in the regional, junior Andre Jones was on the track already preparing for the spring season.

It appears Jones is more than ready.

Jones has been at the state finals two consecutive times in the 200 and 4x100 and 4x200 relays. He’s looking at the 200, 400, long jump and other events this season and some relays.

The Coyotes have had an indoor and outdoor meet so far and are continuing practices as Jones continues to work on conditioning and going from basketball to track.

“We plan on going back to states,and working now on not having injuries,” he said. 

Jones expects the 200 to be his best event again. A reachable goal, he indicated, is a time between 22.5 and 22.6 seconds. He’s hoping to have many strengths to fall back on during his upcoming meets.

The Coyotes scored well in meets last season, but it may be more of a challenge as a team this year.

“We lost some key people last year, no doubt about that,” he said. ‘“We’re going to try to bounce back stronger and work with what we’ve got.”

Jones expects to be at his best by mid-May as conference and regional meets hit the schedule.

Reed City has been able to get outside during the preseason as the Coyotes wait for warmer temperatures.

“It has a little effect to it but it doesn’t matter (overall),” Jones said of the colder temperatures.

He’s expecting the team to be strong in the sprints and field events.

The Coyotes will compete in the Central State Activities Association’s Gold Division and Jones expects Chippewa Hills to be among the league’s top teams.