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.