Reed City boys continue to have strong track season

REED CITY — Chad Samuels already has established his impressive credentials in football and basketball in his sports career for Reed City.

But this spring, the Coyote senior has demonstrated his talents on the track.

Samuels is among the Reed City track and field athletes who qualified in the Division 3 regionals at Clare recently and competed at the Pioneer Track and Field Championships last Friday at Top Taggart Field at Ferris State University, before going to the state finals on May 31 at Comstock Park.

Reed City qualified for states in two relays and those relay teams came into the Pioneer meet as the top qualifiers in their respective events. The foursome of Jon Green, Colin Hatfield, Nate Fasbender and Andre Jones was third in the 400 relay (45.39) but they headed into Friday’s meet as the faster-qaulifing group (45.34). The 800 team of Green, Hatfield, Samuels and Jones clocked a 1:34.14 to take second at regionals and also was one of the favorites to win the event Friday after logging the fastest time in the area during the season (1:33.94).

Samuels, who recently signed with Northwood University to play football, has been in the high jump, long jump, 4x2 and 4x4 for the Coyotes and he qualified for all four events for the Pioneer meet. His two relay teams have been getting personal bests. He’s third leg in both relays and has excelled despite this being his first track and field season on the varsity level.

“I did (track) in middle school,” Samuels said. “I always played AAU basketball so I didn’t have much time for a spring sport. I played varsity baseball one year too.”

But Samuels made the decision to do track this season.

“I wanted to get faster for football next year,” he said. “It’s working out so far. It’s going good. Hopefully, I’ll run a faster 40-yard dash. I felt I fit into the track routine OK. Most of the guys I run track with are football players. We all get along. It’s been fine. The first couple of meets, I was a little nervous. After about two or three, I settled in and did my thing.”

Hatfield is a sophomore who has played a key role on the relays. He’s been second for both.

“At the Alma meet, we knocked a couple of seconds off our 4x2 time,” Hatfield said. “We want to place at state and run good times.”

Hatfield was a state qualifier last year.

“I pulled my hamstring so I couldn’t run, but it was an awesome experience to watch,” he said.