Reed City senior track athlete hopes to finish strong

REED CITY — Reed City senior Jenelle Straathof is in her fourth year of track and very much wants to have it be her best.
It was the foursome of Meghan Borst, Emily Libey, Hannah Price and Jenelle Straathof that appeared in the state finals.
The Reed City senior qualified with her 400-meter relay team last year. It was the foursome of Meghan Borst, Emily Libey, Hannah Price and Straathof that won the regionals and qualified for the state finals where it finished 18th.
“It was a surprise and it was exciting,” Straathof said.
This season, there’s usually been a new runner to take the place of Price, who graduated. Faith Woods has run in the 400 relay in recent meets. The season’s best time came on May 10 in a CSAA meet at Chippewa Hills with a time of 54.41 seconds.
Track is her only sport.
“During the winter, I was running the halls in the school,” she said. “I have good stamina.”
She has also been in the 100 and 200 open.
“I finish strong,” Straathof said.
Carmen Guy, a junior, also has seen action the 400 relay.
“I just need to keep the pace early,” Guy said.
It’s her third year of track.
“I definitely hope to make it to state, I want to make it there,” she said.
The Coyotes are in regionals this weekend and hope to qualify for the June 3 state meet.
“I don’t set any specific times, I just want to get faster,” guy said.

Janelle Straaathof (left) and Carmen Guy work on their handoffs.

Janelle Straaathof (left) and Carmen Guy work on their handoffs.

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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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