Reed City thrower reflects on senior season

REED CITY — Lily Heald marked her senior year on Reed City’s girls track and field team with several impressive performances.

She’s thrown the shot put and discus, and for the first part of the season she ran the 800.

A highlight was at Evart when Heald took first in shot put. Her best throws have been 61-6 in discus and 30-3 1/2 in shot put. It’s her third season in the throws.

She’s improved “quite a bit,” Heald said, from last season. “In shot put, I’ve improved probably six or seven feet and in discus 30 feet. I’ve been working on my form.”

Heald’s goal was to make top 10 in conference and get some more personal records in the regionals.

“Throwing people think it has to do with muscles, but if you muscle it, you don’t do as well as if you have good technique,” Heald said. “Then you’re going to do better.”

Heald was sixth at the Central State Activities Association Gold Division meet (75-2) and her team finished fourth. At regionals, Heald was 10th in the shot put (27-6 3/4) and 14th in the discus (73-1).

“We’ve been doing well in our throwing,” Heald said. “We have quite a few girls this year and we’ve all improved a lot.”

Reed City ended its track season Saturday at the Division 3 state final in Comstock Park