Prep track and field: Four area qualifying meets Wednesday for Masters

Four qualifying track and field area meets for the Central Section Masters Championships will be held Wednesday.

They are: North (Clovis East), Central (Golden West), South (Liberty-Bakersfield) and Sierra-Sequoia Championships (Exeter).

The three top finishers from each event in each area plus six at-large entries culled overall from each event in all the areas will advance to the Masters on May 18 at Buchanan’s Veterans Memorial Stadium. And it will also be there that the CIF State Championships will return May 31 and June 1.

Key points and notes:

** Generally, this isn’t a day for section-leading marks; rather, just good enough to advance to the Masters.

** Consequently, there’s no reason for athletes — particularly the section’s elite athletes — to risk false starts or, in the case of relays, dropping the baton in exchanges or passing out of lanes. This will especially apply to Edison’s girls in the 400 and 1,600 relays, where the Tigers are top-ranked in the section and No. 7 and 3 in the state at 47.13 and 3:47.95. Edison’s boys are also No. 1 in the section and No. 6 in the state in the 400 relay at 41.55.

The question: Will Buchanan’s Hagen Reedy double in the 1,600 and 3,200 today in the North Area meet or run 3,200 only?

** Will be interesting if Buchanan’s Hagen Reedy doubles in the 1,600 and 3,200. She’s the section’s defending champion in both, but, last week, returned in the Tri-River Athletic Conference finals after a two-month absence because of a leg injury. She won the 3,200 last week, but didn’t run the 1,600. I wouldn’t think she’d beat Clovis freshman Mikayla Sodersten in the 3,200 Wednesday, not that it matters. Again, it’s just about qualifying for the Masters.

** Hoover’s Jordan Neal-Davis is the most intriguing participant in the North Area meet. He allegedly clocked a hand-timed 10.4 100 in last week’s North Yosemite League finals. That converts roughly to a 10.65 automatic-timed 100, which would still lead the section. He entered the NYL meet with a best of 11.19, which is miles from a 10.65. So, many eyes on him Wednesday in a meet that will begin at 3:30 p.m.



Hagen Reedy’s latest: She has tendinitis; hopes to finish season

Buchanan’s Hagen Reedy, the Central Section’s defending champion in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, says she hopes to complete her senior season after an MRI showed she has tendinitis in her left leg.

Buchanan High star distance runner Hagen Reedy says she’s encouraged about the chances of completing her senior season in track and field after an MRI showed she has severe tendinitis in her left leg.

“It was negative stress fracture, negative everything else, so I guess that’s a good thing,” says the Central Section’s defending champion in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. “I have pretty high hope I can finish out the season.”

Reedy, a two-time Bee Runner of the Year in cross country who has signed with the University of Colorado, hasn’t competed in six weeks.

She says she hopes to return May 2 for the Tri-River Athletic Conference Championships at Clovis East. That will be followed by the North Area meet May 8 at Clovis East and the section Masters and CIF State finals May 18 and May 31-June 1 at Buchanan.

Reedy says she’ll immediately begin physical therapy, concentrating on flexibility and loosening up the iliotibial band — more commonly known as the IT — which runs from the outside of the thigh down below the knee.

“I’ll ease back into running as I’m told,” she says. “I feel like like I’m still in pretty good shape.”

Buchanan star runner Hagen Reedy scheduled for MRI

Buchanan High’s Hagen Reedy will have an MRI Thursday after an X-ray today on her injured left leg appeared “suspicious,” she was told by orthopedist Eric Hanson.

Buchanan High star long-distance runner Hagen Reedy will have an MRI Thursday after an X-ray today on her left leg “looked suspicious,” she was told by Eric Hanson of the Sierra Pacific Orthopedic Center.

Reedy says the MRI results won’t be known until Tuesday.

The Central Section’s defending champion in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races and a two-time Bee Runner of the Year in cross country hasn’t competed in a month because of discomfort she says is at a level she hasn’t experienced previously. And she ran through a combination of tendinitis and stress fractures as a sophomore.

There are eight weeks remaining in the track and field season, and she says she’ll only return if “pain free,” not wanting to risk further injury before launching her college career at the University of Colorado in the fall.

Buchanan star Hagen Reedy: Done for her prep running career?

Buchanan long-distance running star Hagen Reedy, who has battled through injuries before, fears her senior season may be over because of a leg problem this time.

Buchanan High’s Hagen Reedy, one of the most accomplished long distance runners in Central Section history, is embracing the reality of not completing her senior season in track and field because of an injury to her left leg.

“It’s really hard,” says the section’s defending champion in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. “I’m doing all I can, lucky enough to train at a decently high level in the (swimming) pool. But this (injury) is different, completely. And if I can’t come back, I’ll be rooting from the sideline. I want to be there for my team.”

Shelly Reedy, her mother, says: “Hagen doesn’t want to make a big deal of it. But she’s really feeling like she’s letting the team down, and those are the kind of emotions she’s dealing with. It’s tough, especially in her senior year.”

Hagen Reedy, who has signed with Colorado and is the only Division I state cross country champion (as a junior in 2011) in Central Section history, last competed March 9, clocking a section-best 5 minutes and 0.48 seconds in the 1,600 at the Clovis East Carnival.

She says she then went for a typical long Sunday run on her own the following day before returning to practice at school the next Monday.

“I had to stop at mid-warmup,” she says, “and I haven’t run since. Every time I test it, I have to stop after a few steps.”

Reedy, who hasn’t been restricted to this level previously while battling through a combination of tendinitis and stress fractures in her prep career, says she’ll be examined by an orthopedist Tuesday while “hopefully” receiving good news, including the possibility of an MRI examination.

“I’ve been able to run through tendinitis and the aches and pains that runners have before,” she says. “But this one feels a lot more serious than those; this has been a longer down time for me, so we’re going to meet and figure it out.

“I’m doing all I can. If I’m not able to get back, this will be saving me to keep healthy for next year (at Colorado).”

There’s eight weeks remaining in the track and field season, culminated by the section Masters Championships May 18 and the CIF state finals May 31 and June 1 — both at Reedy’s home course at Buchanan’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.

“There’s such a fine line when you’re at that level of greatness,” Bears coach Brian Weaver says. “Hagen has pushed really, really hard. This is not her fault; this is not about winning. She’s such an amazing girl. It’s upsetting.”

Reedy, in track and field, is ranked No. 2 and No. 7 all-time in the section 3,200- (10:21.68) and 1,600-meter (4:56.26) runs in track and field.

Her 10:44.29 3,200 this season ranks No. 1 in the section and No. 5 in the state despite not being pushed in the area. That would have changed had she been able to compete in this weekend’s national-class Arcadia Invitational. Buchanan’s team is there, but Reedy is not.

She’s also No. 1 in the section all-time in cross country with a 16.59 time over 3.1 miles at Woodward Park, a mark that also ranks sixth in state history at the state’s official venue.


Buchanan cross country star Hagen Reedy and her “routine”

Had fascinating interviews today with Buchanan cross country star Hagen Reedy, her mother, Shelly and coach, Brian Weaver.

To become a state champion and national-class runner like Reedy requires some serious sacrifices, and she talked freely about them, notably, no dating.

“That would interrupt my routine,” says the 4.0 senior and 2011 state D-I champion who will chase the nation’s finest young female distance runner, Simi Valley’s Sarah Baxter, Saturday in the CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park.

I’ll tell the story of Colorado-bound Reedy and what got her to this point in a Thanksgiving Day package in The Bee.

Then, on Friday, I’ll feature easily the best thing to happen in the short history of Madera South sports — coach Rich Parris and the cross country program.

Saturday’s state meet schedule: 8:30 a.m., boys D-V; 9 a.m., boys D-I; 9:30 a.m., girls D-V; 10:05 a.m., girls D-I; 10:40 a.m., boys D-II; 11:10 a.m., girls D-III; 11:45 a.m., boys D-IV; 12:15 p.m., girls D-II; 12:50 p.m., boys D-III; 1:20 p.m., girls D-IV.