Three sets of twins on Reed City boys track roster
REED CITY — Reed City boys track coach Brent Michell could be excused for seeing double on his team this season. It isn’t often a coach has three sets of twins on his team.
This year’s Reed City track roster includes twin brothers Michael and Eric Bradford, Eric and Kyle Voelker and Kyle and Caleb Wilson
The Voelkers are sophomores. Kyle will be in the pole vault, the 100-meter dash and the 400 dash. He ran track through middle school and as a freshman. “I beat a few PRs and broke the 400 under a minute,” he said.
Kyle is looking at the pole vault to be his best event and hopes to get up to 10-6 this year. He also plays soccer in high school.
Eric Voelker runs the 200-meter and 400-meter dash, plus the pole vault and occasional relays.
“Our relay team in the 4 by 100 got fourth in our JV meet,” he said. “Our backup team got sixth at the conference in the 4 by 100.”
Like his brother, Eric also points to the pole vault as his best event and is hoping to reach 10 feet. He also plays soccer.
The Voelkers can usually be seen together on the sports field. Ditto for the Wilsons who are freshmen.
Kyle Wilson has been using the preseason to figure out the events he’ll focus upon.
“I’m a freshman and am trying to look around and see what events I’d like to do and what I’m good at,” he said. “I like sprints more.”
Kyle ran track in middle school.
“I guess I did OK,” he said. “I did pole vault and only got 8-6, but I did the 400 and 200, plus the 1,600 relays.”
He tore his anterior cruciate ligament in football and didn’t have a chance to play basketball.
Caleb Wilson is also working his way through various events but favors the sprints right now. In middle school track, I did the 1,600 with Kyle, the 55-meter hurdles and the 100-meter dash,” he said. “I’m hoping to see how I’ll do in the hurdles this year.”
Caleb also played football in the fall and was a safety. His brother was a cornerback prior to his injury.
“He seems to be better in long distances than I am,” Caleb Wilson said. “I prefer short distances.”
Michael and Eric Bradford are both sophomores. They’re in the long jump, 100, 200, 400 and sprint relays.
“Michael has placed well for us in the long jump,” Brent Michell said. “He also runs the 400 pretty well. Eric had a dislocated ankle this winter and had surgery on it.”