Reed City runner now set for college sports

Reed City's Calvin Rohde (right) heads for the wire in a race last year. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

Reed City's Calvin Rohde (right) heads for the wire in a race last year. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

REED CITY -- Calvin Rohde was destined to have an outstanding senior track season for Reed City before it was called off because of the virus issue.

But he hasn't put away his running shoes.

Rohde is now getting set for a collegiate career at Concordia University in Nebraska.

He announced his decision at the end of February.

"I had expected Calvin to lead the middle distance crew this season and expected him to challenge Joe Oehrli's 800-meter record," Reed City coach Brad Smith said.

Rohde, also an all-state cross country runner, expressed his disappointment at losing his senior high school season.

"But I have those next four years. So I'm not as disappointed as I could have been," he said. "I'm glad I had an indoor season. That went well. I improved in the 800 over the course of the season."

Rohde's indoor meets, not MHSAA sanctioned, were at Aquinas, Grand Valley and Saginaw Valley. He put in an extensive amount of work to get ready for the outdoor season.

Rohde, had there been a season, was getting set to run the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

"Probably I have the best mark in the 1,600," he said. "I was hoping to be all-conference again and state qualifier, hopefully in all three of those."

Rohde indicated cross country and track are "very different" but indicated cross may have been his best because he was able to get in four full seasons.

He will do both sports at Concordia.

"I'll take it easy a little bit and let my legs recover before summer training," Rohde said. "I'll be going out there the second week of August."

He's going from 3 to 5 miles of running in the cross country level from high school to college.

"At college, everyone is there because they're recruited to be there," Rohde said.