Reed City hurdler, teammates off to impressive start

REED CITY — It’s still early in the track and field season but Reed City’s Brad Marek is showing plenty of promise.

Marek, a junior, won the 110-meter hurdles (17.94) and 300 hurdles (45.94) at Evart last week in the first meet for the Coyotes since the end of spring break.

“I placed first in all my events,” Marek, who also was in the 4x100. “I’ve improved a great amount (from last season). It’s just practice and hard work.”

Marek figures the 300 hurdles is his best event.

“I get good clearance (over the hurdles) and a little bit of endurance,” he said. “I want to improve my time and finish first in all my races. I need a better start and more consistent steps.”

Marek figures a few more meets should help his team start reaching its peak. Right now, and in recent years, Marek has been leading the way in the hurdles.

He’s looking forward to hurdle competition in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division.

“It will be a challenge but I think I can hold my own,” he said. 

Reed City is at Kent City on Friday.

The Coyotes have the quality but appear to be lacking in quantity to some extent.

“If we had more people, we’d be looking strong,” Marek said.

Marek and his team showed its quality last Friday when the Coyotes won the Newaygo Invitational. Marek was fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (18.34) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (46.07).

Reed City’s boys had 128 points while Tri County was second with 92 in the eight-team field.

Also for Reed City, Jon Green (11.57) and Andre Jones (11.74) were one-two in the 100 while Jones won the 200 (23.67). The 4x100 relay of Green, Brendan Marsh, Nate Fasbender and Jones (45.17) took first. The 4x400 relay team of Zack Borst, Marek, Fasbender and Marsh was second (3:50.71)

T.J. Patterson was second (45-7.25) and Evan Skiver third (45-2) in the shot put while Green was first (135-0) and Patterson second (132-1) in the discus.

Fasbender won the pole vault at 13-6 and Dylan Langlois was third (10-6). Borst was second (5-6) in the high jump. Fasbender was second in the long jump (19-11.5)