Reed City freshman makes progress during cross country season

REED CITY — Cross country season ended recently and it was another year for Reed City girls to gain some experience in building for the future.

Hailey Duchene had a strong freshman season following a one-year stint at the sport during middle school. She had to work at adjusting at the varsity level and figured it took two meets to get going.

“It didn’t come naturally,” Duchene said of making the adjustment to the high school level.

Duchene’s best meet was during a preregional at Central Montcalm prior to the regional.

“My dad told me I’d get a bunny if I ran it it in 25 minutes,” she said with a huge smile. Duchene had the proper incentive and but wound up 19th with a 26:02.95.

The second mile was a key to Duchene’s performances. Her start has been her strength. She was continually learning to run a race.

Duchene said cross country would be her only sport. Now that it’s the offseason, Duchene will continue to put some work into the sport.

“Maybe a mile a day,” she said.

Her preferred temperature, she said is 70s and sunny, compared to colder weather.