REED CITY\u00a0\u2014 Eric Reed has made the grade in college men\u2019s track. Reed graduated from Reed City in 2012. He\u2019s been with Aquinas\u2019 men\u2019s track team for two years. At Reed City, Reed ran track, played baseball and saw action in other sports including soccer. In high school, he had a second-place finish with the 4x4 relay team and had an eighth-place finish in the 200 dash in track for the state finals and was an all-state honorable mention in soccer. At Aquinas, Reed has performed with the team in indoor and outdoor track. \u201cThis past year, I was hurt for a majority of the season,\u201d he said. \u201cI had a knee that bothered me. I didn\u2019t run real fast indoor at all. I ran 22.56, I think indoor, was my fastest, which was pretty close to what I ran in high school. Outdoor season came along, and I got enough rest and got healthy and ended up running 22.2 in the 200-meter dash which was really good, and then I split low 49s in the 4x4 and 50 in the open 400.\u201d The 200 and 400 were his main events. \u201cEric has done a nice job for the Aquinas track and field team,\u201d coach Dave Wood said. \u201cHe struggled with some injuries and inconsistency but finished the year strong and we are hoping for big things from him for his final two years.\u201d Aquinas runs in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. He placed seventh in the league 400. \u201cWe have a very tough conference with Indiana Tech, men and women, who have both won the national title,\u201d Reed said. \u201cSiena Heights is also a top team.\u201d After two seasons at Aquinas, the coach \u201cdoes a great of getting the staff to help us get better and help us peak at right time at nationals and not peak too early,\u201d Reed said. \u201cWe\u2019ve been a tough team indoors and outdoors. This upcoming year will be our first with an indoor facility.\u201d Reed competed twice at NAIA nationals last season.\u00a0 \u201cThis year, I wasn\u2019t running well enough, indoor, to be part of the 4x4 that went and was All-American,\u201d Reed said. \u201cMy freshman year, we went to indoor and outdoor national and finished really close to the top. But we weren\u2019t All-American.\u201d Reed is focusing on next season. \u201cMy biggest goal is to stay healthy for a full season,\u201d he said. \u201cLast year I had some shoulder issues that prevented me from weight-lifting and other sorts of things that would have helped me get faster. If I stay healthy and do the workouts coaches have designed, it will help me a lot and I\u2019ll be able to run faster.\u201d During the summer, Reed is focusing on staying in shape.