Reed City athlete signs to run track at Davenport

GRAND RAPIDS — Jon Green still has a potentially profitable senior season of track waiting for him at Reed City this spring.

But Green already knows what he’ll be doing the spring of 2016: running track at Davenport University.

Also a football standout at Reed City, Green recently signed a letter to run track starting the 2015-16 season at Davenport University in Grand Rapids.

Green noted that two of his friends and former Reed City teammates, twin brothers Michael and Eric Bradford also run at Davenport.

“They were kind of a big part of me going there,” he said. “During track season last year (Davenport coaches) said they were going to come and watch me. Football season this year, they called me and wanted me to come to campus and talk to their coaches.”

Green said he’s receiving some scholarship money from Davenport. He added that coaches indicated they’d like to use Green in the discus, javelin and 100-meter dash.

He’s run track five years at Reed City including the last three for varsity.

“I’ve qualified for state all three years, and a fourth year hopefully,” Green said, referring to relays. He hasn’t earned all-state yet but is hoping that will be the case this spring.

“I was first team all-conference in three of my events last year,” he said.

Green points to the discus as among his best individual events. His goal is to place in any of his events at the state finals. He pointed to the 400-meter relays as his best relay

Green was a key part of the regional championship football team in the fall but chose not to wrestle this winter, as he has in the past, but will be getting ready for track.

He’s eager to try some “new things” when he makes the move to Davenport.

“I’ve been thinking about (college sports) for awhile,” Green said. “I was thinking I would play football for awhile. I just decided that track was the way to go.”

He did have about six or seven schools contact him for football along with five for track.

Davenport is NAIA but Green indicated the school will eventually make the move to NCAA.

“They’re building a football stadium and a new track,” Green said. “It should be done by next year.”