Reed City senior runner eyes her best season


REED CITY —  Emily Nardone likes the direction the season is heading for her as a second-year cross country runner.

The senior Reed City runner is in her second year with the Coyotes after trying out the sport as a junior.

“It was a lot harder than it is this year,” Nardone said. “It took a little time getting used to it.”

Nardone ran cross country in middle school, but didn’t run it her first two seasons of high school. Another Reed City runner, Matt McGahey, talked her into it for her junior season.

She ran 25:30 her first race at Benize Central, which she indicated was a flat, and relatively easy course. As a result, it remains her best time since other courses have been challenging. A 26:13 has been her best time so far this year.

“I plan to keep PRing and keep getting better,” she said, adding that she’s hoping to beat her PR of 25:30 “if I practice hard. We run at Benzie one more time.”

As she looks ahead, Nardone will be working on her speed and wants to run smart races.

The Coyotes, with a full team, are competing in the Central State Activities Association.

“We’re stronger than we were last year,” she said.

Nardone and her team had been running in temperatures at around the 50s lately. That was before last weekend.

“Personally, I prefer a little warmer,” she said.

The Coyotes are at the Pine River Invitational Saturday.