Reed City freshman runner reflects on first cross country season


REED CITY — Reed City’s cross country team ended its season with an impressive number of girls runners that should give the program stability for future seasons.

That includes freshman Hana Ondrus who was in the sport for her first year.

“It’s a sport that pretty much anybody can do and you don’t get cut from it,” Ondrus said. “It doesn’t matter how good you are or how bad you are. It’s a matter of trying your best. I kind of came out on my own.”

There may have been some parental influence also, she smiled.

Ondrus figures she improved her time from about two minutes at the start of the season.

“I think I did pretty good,” she said. “It was kind of hard at the beginning. But right now, it’s pacing yourself.”

Her best time has been 26:19.  He was usually among the team’s stop runner.

“I thought I did pretty good for my first race (at Benzie Central),” she said.

Ondrus indicated that her finish is the strongest part of her race.

“I’ve been pushing myself to get past telling myself I can’t do it,” Ondrus said.

She’s now focusing on the 2015 track season.

“I’m going to definitely train harder during the summer,” she said, adding that on the team “we push each other.”

Ondrus usually prefers a flat course.

“But it’s nice to have hills,” she said. “You can go down them and save some energy.”