Reed City runner caps off strong junior season

REED CITY — McKenzie Cornelius was hoping to stay healthy in her junior cross country season and improve her time as Reed City continued through its cross country schedule.

It’s her third year in high school. She also ran in middle school.

“I remember my freshman year, we were a small team, but were close together,” Cornelius said. “It was fun. Everyone was positive.”

A stress fracture hampered Cornelius’ efforts during her sophomore season. She was looking to be injury free this fall and her hope was to get down to the 21-minute area. She’s been in the 23s so far this year. Her best time as a freshman was a 21:47.

“I want to get down to the 21s, hopefully under,” she said. “If I can keep my lungs healthy, (otherwise), it’s a tough year for me.”

Cornelius indicated her start has been the best part of her racing, but she’s looking to improve her endurance. She continued to be among Reed City’s top runners during races this season.

The Coyotes have been thriving on the girls team in numbers this year.

“It has probably the most girls I’ve seen,” Cornelius said. “We have enough to run varsity and JV.”

In the regionals close out the season, Cornelius had a time of 30:12.