Reed City qualifies several athletes for state finals

REED CITY —  Reed City’s boys track team placed fifth in the Division 3 finals at Clare on Friday and will be sending various athletes to the state finals on May 31.

Reed City qualified in two relays. The foursome of Jon Green, Colin Hatfield, Nate Fasbender and Andre Jones was third in the 400 relay (45.9). The top two placers in each event automatically go to the state finals, but the 400 team got a qualifying time to advance. The 800 team of Green, Hatfield, Chad Samuels and Jones clocked a 1:34.14 to take second. Other qualifiers included Jones in the 200 with a second-place effort (23.74) and Fasbender with a second in the pole vault (12-9).

Green missed taking second and qualifying in the 100 by 1/100th of a second. Hannah Price was second in the 100 hurdles (16.78) and has qualified with the Reed City girls for state finals.

“We had hoped for a few more individual events (to qualify for state),” Reed City coach Brent Michell said. “The reality is most of those kids were on the relay team. We hoped our 4x4 might be able to run a good enough time. I have to be honest, Sanford-Meridian might have the three best relays in the state. They are really tough. They’re just amazing.”

Reed City was fifth as a team. Standish-Sterling was first.

Reed City boys second in CSAA

The Central State Activities Association (CSAA) conference championship meet took place in Newaygo on Tuesday, May 13, with Chippewa Hills boys and girls squads each taking first place overall. The Coyote boys missed first by 2.5 points.

The girls for the Warriors took first as a team with 246 points. Morley Stanwood was in third with 56 as Big Rapids took sixth with 41 and Reed City took seventh with 26.

Hanna Price won the long jump (15-8) for Reed City.

On the boys side, Chippewa Hills took first with 112 points with Reed City following close behind in second with 109.5. Morley Stanwood took fourth with 72 while Big Rapids took seventh with 45.

Reed City’s first-place finishers were Green in the discus (135-11); Fasbender in the pole vault (12-0); Jones in the 200 (23.49); the 400 relay team of Green, Jones, Fasbender and Hatfield (45.19); the 800 relay team of Green, Jones, Hatfield and Samuels (1:34.57) and the 1,600 relay team of Samuels, Fasbender, Jones and Patrick Jobes (3:34.07).

“We had some good performances,” Michell said. “We’re disappointed (not to finish in first) but we competed well to give us the opportunity to be that close. Our relay teams are coming into good form right now. Andre Jones is really looking strong. Hanna Price in the hurdles is consistently bringing her times down.

“We have an exciting couple of weeks coming up. Nathan Fasbender has a good opportunity in the pole vault to be really successful. Our relay teams are surprising people and I think we can improve some more.”

Pioneer sports editor Greg Buckner contributed to this report.