Price set to have strong track season at Ferris

Hanna Price (far right) is read for a strong season at Ferris.
Hanna Price (far right) is read for a strong season at Ferris.

REED CITY – Hanna Price is in her sophomore season with Ferris State’s track program, and the former Reed City Coyote is looking to score valuable points during the indoor and outdoor season for her team.

Price also ran track last season.

“I progressively cut down some time during the indoor season in the 60-meter hurdles,” she said. “I ran a PR at our indoor (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) meet. I’m pretty much focusing this year on the 60 hurdles, indoors. I should be running every indoor meet (for the rest of the season).”

Most of Ferris’ indoor meets are at Grand Valley and Saginaw Valley. The outdoor season starts in March after spring break.

At a weekend indoor meet at Saginaw Valley, Price was eighth in the 60-meter hurdles (9.68) and also set a personal-best.

Price focuses on the 100 hurdles during the outdoor season. At Reed City, she placed at the state finals in the hurdles as a senior.

Price played basketball and volleyball while also running track in high school.

She decided to take on the challenge of transitioning to collegiate track.

“I was involved in every sport in high school so there was more time to focus on track and field, which I like,” she said. “That was a big transition. It was no longer going from season to season. Now it’s all track, which is really helpful. You have the whole year. We train in the fall, indoor and outdoor season. You can work on things all season long.

“It’s a lot of work but you can improve throughout the year because it’s all year long. You have to balance your time between classes. The competition is definitely harder. You’re going against teams like Grand Valley, who are tough and pretty good.”

She ran 300 hurdles in high school and now it is 400 hurdles in college outdoor track, but Price continues to focus on the 100 hurdles.

Ferris has an outdoor track at Top Taggart Field but no indoor facility.

“Usually last year, we stayed outside and were running in the snow,” Price said.

“We’ll usually find places to run and do workouts. We also have a multi-purpose room at Ferris (in the Ewigleben Sports Complex) a lot of the sports teams use. We’ll use that for different type of workouts. We tough it out a lot. We’ll be outside unless the weather is really bad.”

She’s majoring in the plastics engineering program at Ferris.