Big Rapids distance runner reflects on strong season

Dan Hardesty

BIG RAPIDS – The track season is starting to wind down and junior Dan Hardesty has had a memorable one so far for the Big Rapids Cardinals.

It’s been his third year of track.

Among Hardesty’s events has been the 1,600 meters. His personal record was 4:46.67 at Traverse City. He ran a 4:49.65 at the regional for sixth place. He had a PR of 10:30.9 at Chippewa HiIls in the 3,200-meter run earlier this season. He’s been the second leg of the 4×800 relay which had its best time of 8:46.73 in the regional at Chippewa Hills.

A highlight for Hardesty and the Cardinals last year was winning the regional meet and having a chance to go to the team state finals, sponsored by MITCA.

He calls the 3,200 his best event.

“Highlights in that have been being able to get better,” he said.

Hardesty’s ultimate goal is to make it to the state finals in the 3,200 meters. He calls the 1,600-meter run his second best event and notes he was shooting for 4:30.

In the distances, “we have a lot of good guys,” Hardesty said. “We should be good as long as we focus and work as a team. We should be good as long as we stick together.”

The team has been balanced this season.

“We worked to get our peak around regionals (last Friday),” Hardesty said.

The state final meet is June 2 at Zeeland.


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

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