REED CITY —  Matt McGahey is bidding for his fourth and final season of cross country at Reed City to be his best.

His best personal record so far is 18:49.

“I think last year was probably my best year in most all of my sports,” McGahey, also a wrestler, said, adding that during this summer he put more emphasis on running.

Practices start last week. McGahey is working to get under the 18s this season.

“It’s going to be tough,” he said. “It’s possible. Maybe mid-season (it could happen), probably later. I just have to get faster.”

From his first day of practice, McGahey can see that his start is the best part of his race right now. He also hopes to work on his kick to have a strong finish.

Looking at past years, McGahey’s best races have been toward the end of the season.

Right now, McGahey is the top runner for a boys team well short of the numbers needed to get scores for a meet. Coach Brad Smith needs at least five runners for a team score and is well short of that now. McGahey will hope to run strong in the conference and see what he can do in regionals toward the end of the season, before moving onto the wrestling mats in November.

The season started this Saturday at Benzie Central for the Pete Moss Invitational, followed by the Chippewa Hills Invitational last Tuesday and the Mason County Central Invitational Sept. 4.