Reed City runners build up the miles

Paige Lofquist

REED CITY — Reed City’s cross country numbers have grown impressively in recent seasons, and a consistent running program has been among the key reasons.

Co-coaches Rich and Susan Saladin again have been having runners participate in summer runs. They meet behind the Reed City Middle School early in the morning.

“We’ve been doing the voluntary school workouts pretty much before school ended,” Rich Saladin said. “There was a dead week after school and a dead week in early July. We had a meeting at the end of May and tried to encourage the kids to get their running in.

“A lot of them are trying to do this 100-, 200-, 300-mile running club. So they have a goal of getting their miles in over the summer and working on their durability. It’s not really speed or anything like that right now. It’s mainly conditioning.”

The runners had been meeting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at nights. “(This week) it will be in-the-morning workouts,” Saladin said. “We try to spread it out so everyone has the opportunity. We’ve had great turnouts. We had as many as 18 here one night.”

All are high school athletes. Official practices start on Aug. 12.

Among the runners are sophomore Paige Lofquist.

“Things went pretty well last year,” Lofquist said. “I had a pretty good season. I started out well and got it up.”

She got her personal record of 20:44 in the last meet of the 2018 season, the Division 3 regionals.

“It was a matter of practicing harder at practice,” Lofquist said. “Last summer, I did not come out here at all. I had too many other things going on. This summer, I’ve ben here every practice. It gets me in shape. I find it boring to run by myself. I’d rather run with other people challenging me.”

Lofquist is also in basketball and soccer.

“I think basketball is my best one,” she said. “I’ve been going with basketball and cross country (this summer).”

 

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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