Reed City cross country boys faced with low numbers again

REED CITY – Reed City’s boys cross country team will be low in numbers this season but will anticipate having quality performance from the likes of Matt McGahey and Drake Walker.

McGahey a sophomore, is in his second high school cross country season.

“It was a good start,” he said of 2011. He had a 19:40 at the Benzie Central regionals for a season highlight and improved by at least two minutes during the season.

“I ran the coach’s schedule he gave us,” McGahey said of his offseason work. He wants to improve by at least a minute or more this fall.

“I just need to train hard,” McGahey said. “My second mile is probably my best.”

McGahey hopes to improve on his speed.

Walker is a junior in his third varsity season. He improved a minute or two, Walker said, as a sophomore from his freshman season.

At the Michigan State University meet last year, Walker had a strong meet. He ran an 18;40 at the Benzie Central Invitational. He’s looking to get into the 17:30s this year.

The first mile is usually the best part of his race as far as Walker is concerned.

“I need to work hard and be prepared,” he said. “I want to maintain speed and not die at the end.”

“It’s a small group of runners but the Coyotes still push each other,” Walker added.