Walker finishes solid cross country career at Reed City


REED CITY  — Drake Walker has a busy schedule ahead of him at Reed City.

His senior cross country season ended at the regionals in late October. He’s run since the seventh grade.

A highlight this season was regionals at Central Montcalm the Monday before regionals. He placed seventh overall in 19:15, his best time all season. He had a better time last season at regionals of 18:03.

Walker ran in the 20s at a tough, muddy regional course at Grand Traverse Resort. His junior season was actually stronger. But he still had four productive seasons. At times, the Coyotes had full boys scoring teams which they didn’t have in some of Walker’s previous seasons.

In the winter, Walker will be on the wrestling team and will probably be at 140 pounds this year. He runs track in the spring.

Cross country keeps him in shape for wrestling and track, Walker agreed. He played basketball as a freshman and sophomore and went to wrestling last season. “t took me awhile to get back into it,” he said. “But I thought I did pretty well.”

He runs the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs plus the 3,200-meter relay in track.

“My best sport is probably track but I like wrestling a lot,” Walker said.

Brad Smith coached the team for his third season. The number of runners was up this season.

“I had six boys on the roster and seven girls,” he said. “We had some injuries and were’t always running a full team. We had the number for  full team.”

Walker will graduate along with a runner who was in one race. Smith also graduates one senior runner.

For 2014, “I’m hoping to pick up a few more runners,” Smith said. “I have a couple coming up from middle school that seem promising. I’m hoping they don’t convert to another sport.