Reed City boys track team has high hopes
REED CITY – Coach Brent Michell likes the prospects his Reed City boys track squad carry this season.
It's a matter now of getting outdoors and seeing what they've got.
The Coyotes are in their third week of practices, which have mostly been indoors because of the weather. They were hoping for meets this week but those are up in the air because of the weather.
The Coyotes did compete in the Grand Valley Indoor meet on Friday.
The foursome of Eric Bradford, Michael Bradford, Eric Voelker and Andre Jones was third in the 4 by 300 meter relay in 2:33.32.
Jon Green threw the shot put 42-1 for fifth place and Jacob Vinent threw it 39-5 for ninth place.
Eric Bradford was eighth in the long jump at 18-4. Chad Zagacki was 11th in the 1,600-meter run in 4:57.13.
Looking ahead, Michell sees his team being a major factor in the Central State Activities Association.
“We have a solid group of sprinters,” Michell said.
He's looking for Nathan Fasbender and Eric Voelker to score in the pole vault and for Green and Vincent to do the same in the throws, along with T.J. Patterson. The Bradfords will run the relays and will be long jumpers.
Drake Walker and Matt Magahey are expected to lead the way in the distances. They ran cross country in the fall. Zagacki is also in the distances.
“They didn't run great Friday night but they'll improve from that,” Michell said. “Chad was a little bit from qualifying for state finals in the mile last year. We have high expectations for him.”
Michell expects Big Rapids and Chippewa Hills to be tough in the CSAA and possibly Newaygo.
Starting in April, CSAA meets will be on Wednesday. There's a home meet May 8 against Big Rapids and White Cloud.