Reed City senior runner heads to state meet

Chad Zagacki
Chad Zagacki

REED CITY – Senior Chad Zagacki is in his first cross country season for Reed City but has qualified for the Division 3 state finals this week at Michigan International Speedway.

Zagacki clocked the course in 16:26 in the Division 3 regional Saturday at Benzie Central.

“He had a real good race,” said Reed City coach Brad Smith.

Kris Kellogg, Matt McGahey and Drake Walker also ran for the Coyotes.

McKenzie Cornelius finished 25th in the girls race. Walker was 47th in 18:03.37, Kellogg 57th in 18:24.45 and McGahey was 65th in 18:49.62.

Zagacki will be running Saturday morning at the state meet.

“It’s a tough division,” Smith said. “He’s got a chance to place in the top 20. He hopes to have a good race.”

The top 30 place finishers in each division qualify for the state finals.

The top 30 finishers earn a medal, Smith noted.

“He’s been improving,” Smith said “I’d like to see him in the low 16s. You never know when you get into that kind of competition.”

For the Reed City girls, Cornelius was 25th in 21:30.82, Marie Kinsey 72nd in 25:18.9, Hannah Cowsert 79th in 27:26.92 and Mariah Cowsert 82nd in 31:17.08.