Reed City track program hoping for new facility

REED CITY — Reed City’s track team could start seeing home meets in the future if Proposal 1 is approved at the district’s election on May 3.

One of the items under Proposal 1 would be track replacement and improved field drainage at the athletic stadium.

“It would be tremendous help to our track program is we could pass that bond,” track coach Brent Michell said. “Our kids get discouraged when we can never host a meet. Our track is in such bad condition. It’s hard enough to train on it when you can avoid certain parts of the track and put cones up and keep kids from stepping in holes and things like that. You certainly can’t host a meet like that in those conditions.”

This will be the third year Reed City has not had a home meet because of the track.

“It has some serious issues under its base,” Michell said. “So it has to be torn out. The football field has to be (rebuilt) to set up proper drainage. We have a water issue right now, and we have the base under the track that is not good. The southwest corner is caving in. We have waves in the track indicating the foundation underneath it has settled and moved, allowing the track to warp.”

Michell said he’s hopeful that passage of the proposal would allow a track to put in place by next spring, but it’s unclear there would be time.

“We’ll have to see,” Michell said. “I hope it can get done.”

Meanwhile, Reed City competed in the Newaygo Invitational on Friday. Reed City was in the small schools division.

For Reed City boys, Brad Marek was first in the 100-meter hurdles (16.30) and 300-meter hurdles (43.10), Andre Jones was fifth in the 200 meters (24.3). Phillip Jones, Taylor Pelton, Andre Jones and Schuyler Smith were first in the 4x100 relay (45.20), Mykel Dillard, Smith, Andre Jones and Phillips Jones first in the 4x200 relay (1:34.20), Angel Estrada was third in the discus (96-3) and Smith was second in the high jump (5-6). Phillp Jones was second in the long jump (20-2 ¼).

For the Reed City girls, Hanna Price was first in the 100 hurdles (16.9) and 300 hurdles (50.40) and fourth in the long jump (13-5), the foursome of Price, Meghan Borst, Emily Libey and Jenelle Straathof was first in the 4x100 relay (54.50) and the foursome of Libey, Borst, Carmen Guy and Straathof was second in the 4x200 relay (1:59.20). Hannah Boza was third in the shot put (25-3) and second in the discus (89-9).

“I thought the kids ran real well,” Reed City coach Brent Michell said. “Our boys sprint relays put in some very good times. Our girls 4x1 did a really nice job. Hanna had a successful day in the hurdles. It’s very promising this early in the year to see them do well. We have a way to go yet. Teams improve and we want to be one of those teams improving. It’s very encouraging.” 

Reed City was at Central Montcalm on Tuesday and will be at Kent City on Friday.