Libey eyes strong senior season

REED CITY — Emily Libey’s senior season could be a strong one for the Reed City girls track team. She’s been in track since the seventh grade.

But 2017 marked her first season in the long jump, and it was a good one.

She qualified for the state meet in that event after taking first in the regionals and had won the long jump at the Central State Activities Association Gold Division meet.

“I had only jumped twice before that meet,” Libey recalled. “I ended up getting first place at regionals.”

Libey placed ninth at the Division 3 state meet with a personal record of 5-9 ¾. She had also been in the 4×100 relay and 4×200 relay with returning senior Carmen Guy among her returning teammates this year.

“I guess I just wanted to try something different,” Libey said of her decision to try the long jump. “I knew my times for the 100 weren’t probably good enough to get me to the state qualifying meet. I thought maybe I’d try different things to see if I’d be good enough for them.”

This season, “I hope to improve my long jump a lot as well as my 100-meter time,” Libey said.

When it comes to the long jump, “every time you run down the runaway you want to be the same and you want to get on the board the same and be explosive when you jump,” Libey said.

Her start is her strength in the 100.

Libey also has high hopes for both relays.

“We have a pretty good chance,” she said. “If everyone keeps working hard, we can get our times down.”

Josh Dorn works on his swing.

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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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