Saladins scoring key points for Reed City boys track team

REED CITY — Track season has been very kind so far to various members of the Reed City boys track squad.

That includes Corey Saladin, a junior hurdler, who placed sixth at the Cadillac Invitational for the 110 hurdles and Ridge Saladin (no relation), a senior thrower.

Corey also placed second at a Central State Activities Association meet last week at White Cloud.

“I’m not looking for anything, but just to enjoy my events and the season,” he said.

It’s his fifth year in track with this being his third spring on the high school level.

“I’ve taken a good three seconds off my 300 hurdles and a good second off my (110) hurdles,” Saladin said.

Saladin has been a strong point producer in the hurdles for the Coyotes

“Our team is really good,” he said. “A lot of our seniors are doing well.”

Ridge Saladin has been a force in the shot put and discus. It’s his second season in the throws.

Saladin said he decided to start throwing after being encouraged by his friend and Reed City distance runner, Joe Oehrli to join the team.

It was Saladin’s choice to partake in the throws.

“Last year was just all right,” he said. “I was just starting off and learning.”

Saladin said it took him about half of last season to become comfortable with the throws. He went 95 feet in the discus and 38 in the shot put last season. His best so far in those two events this season are 120 and 39. He credits the improvement to a year of experience.

“It’s the form mainly, expecially with the discus,” he said. “I’m hoping to get a 130 to 140 in discus and a 42 in shot.”

When it comes to competition, “I’ve been doing all right,” Saladin said. “At the Cadillac Invitational, I got fifth.”

The team “is pretty strong this year,” Saladin said. “I feel pretty good about this year.”