REED CITY — Reed City senior Chad Zagacki will be among the 3,200-meter run performers to keep an eye on  at the state finals.

Zagacki is coming off the highlight of his career when he took first place May 17 in the Division 3 regionals at Mason County Central. Zagacki clocked the 3,200-meter run in 9:51.29, a personal record.

“I didn’t think I’d be able to win it,” Zagacki said. “Coaches said I could do it and it thought I could do it. Teammates were askng ‘how bad do you want it? I ended up pushing past (the leader). It felt great winning it and placing for state.”

Zagacki said he didn’t start out as fast as he usually does.

“I just stayed behind the person that was in first,” he said. “When the person that was in third went around the person that was in first, I went with him. The last 200 meters, I sprinted away and ended up getting first.”

Zagacki will compete Saturday at Comstock Park in the Division 3 state track & field championships.

“He’s really come on the last two years and he’s got a lot to be proud of and we’re proud of him,” said Reed City coach Brent Michell. “We know he can do more and run better. He’s really starting to figure out what track is all about. We were thrilled to see him pull through at regionals like we did. We know he’s capable of more.”

Zagacki said the overall season has been “OK” although the early-season weather problems was a distraction of sorts. But qualifying for state finals this season after just missing up last year more than made up for any other sorts of disappointment.

Zagacki has high hopes for the state finals. He wouldn’t mind a top eight performance, which would mean a medal.

“If it’s a good day out, I run better than in the colder days, “ Zagacki said. “I want to try to get a new PR.”

But with his first appearance at state finals, Zagacki admits that he’ll be nervous.

“I was really nervous for regionals,” he said. “I knew it was going to be a fast race.”