Reed City athlete begins to focus on football
REED CITY -- Noah Jones was primed for an impressive junior track season but now will focus on his senior football campaign at Reed City.
As a sophomore last season, Jones was eighth at the MITCA state meet with a PR of 11.79 seconds in the 100. He had a personal record of 23.92 seconds at Cadillac in the 200 meters.
But his work on the 4x100 relay team was memorable. He combined with Nicholas Douglass, Jackson Price, and Philip Jones. The team was seventh at the state meet in Division 3 at 44.46 seconds and had won the regional and CSAA Gold titles. The same foursome was in the 4x200 relay and took sixth at the state finals. His 4x400 relay team took fourth at the state meet.
Douglas, Price and Philip Jones have graduated. Calvin Rohde, who was back for his senior year, was in the 4x400.
But a few weeks ago came the bad news the MHSAA would be cutting the spring sports program because of the coronavirus issue.
"I was really disappointed because I was hoping for a big year," Jones said. "There's not much you can do about it."
Events for this year for Jones would have been the 100, 200 and perhaps a few relays and the long jump. Jones indicated there was some potential in the relays despite the loss of excellent sprinters from 2019.
"I think we could have run well had we had the chance to run this year," Jones said.
The 200 was set to be his best open event, Jones said.
"I have a good finish," he said. "I get good off the blocks."
During the winter, he spent time getting ready for track.
Jones will focus on football now, although it's a question mark when preparations may start.
"They say they don't know, but coaches have sent us workouts to do," Jones said.
But regardless, he's hoping his preparation for track can help him get ready for football.