Kailing enjoying debut season for Reed City track

REED CITY — When it comes to track, Nate Kailing decided to try it.

TOSS: Nate Kailing leaves the shot put area after competition recently in dual meet action against Chippewa Hills and Holton. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

He likes it.

The Reed City senior football player, who is on his way to Ferris State to join the Bulldog football program, decided to reap the benefits of a full season of track and field this spring. As a result, the Coyote track team has been reaping the benefits from Kailing.

In recent Central State Activities Association meet at home against Chippewa Hills and Holton, Kailing was first in the high jump at 5-8 and third in the shot put at 41-0. Saturday at the Alma Invitational, Kailing won the high jump at 5-11 and was third in the shot put at 44-3.

Kailing has been among the top point producers for coach Brent Michell’s team. Ironically this is only his first year of track.

“I wanted to do a spring sport,” said Kailing who was hopeful a sport like track would improve his abilities as he got ready for his football career at Ferris.

Kailing has won the high jump several times.

As of recently, his best efforts have been 19-3 in the long jump, 5-10 in the high jump and 44-6 ½ in the shot put. But before the season ends, he’s hoping to reach 19-7 in the long jump, 6-0 in the high jump and 48 feet in the shot put.

“It’s a lot of fun and I think I’ve gotten better,” he said.

Kailing considers the shot put to be his best event.

The Coyotes have had a highly competitive track team in the CSAA season and Kailing is hoping to help the Coyotes achieve a high league finish.

‘It’s been a lot of fun,” he said. “I wish I would have done it before.”

Michell likes having Kailing scoring points for the team and notes how the Reed City senior also strives to be better especially after falling short of winning the shot put recently against Chippewa Hills.

“He’s the first to tell you ‘I should have taken first,’” Michell said. “That’s how it works out.”

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Posted by John Raffel

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

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