Beyond the game: Reggie Reed

Sports Reporter

Since joining a summer team at the age of 10, senior runner Reggie Reed’s life has revolved around track.

“When I was in elementary school I always thought I was the fastest kid in school,” Reed said.  “I always wanted to race against everyone else who thought they were the fastest and see what it was like.”

Reed grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area where he attended many high schools including Desoto, Duncanville and Lancaster. It was at Desoto where Reed competed and won the state championship for both the 4x100 and the 4x200 meter relay teams.

“It was great,” Reed said. “We had good support from the people in Dallas, and we won it by a big margin so it was nice.”

A goal Reed set for himself was to train and compete one day in the Olympics with all of the success that had come throughout his track career. He wanted to follow the path of one of his childhood inspiration: Dallas native Michael Johnson, a four-time Olympic gold medal winner and current world record holder in the 400 meter race.

Reed’s aspirations were high until a series of setbacks and injuries in college forced him to consider other options. Reed experienced a handful of injuries trying to make the adjustment to a different coaching approach implemented by Coach Dana Boone.

“For a minute I was down and out,” Reed said. “I had to really sit down and think about what it was I really wanted to do. I experienced injuries in my foot, back, groin and my knee. Almost anywhere you could possibly imagine, I probably injured it.”

Reed did a lot of thinking about what he needed to accomplish if he were to stay in the sport.

“I sat down and set up some goals for myself, tried to figure out what I was doing wrong and why these injuries were happening,” Reed said. “After that everything has been looking good since.”

Reed decided  to become either a coach or an athletic director after he graduates this upcoming fall.

“I think he has a good understanding on it,” Boone said. “It’s something we’ve talked about, and I think he’s learned some things, hopefully from us. I think he will do a good job.”

Since making the decision to continue on with track, the motto Reed promised himself was,“Never be afraid to fail, and always think success. Keep all of the negative thoughts that creep into my head out, and stay away from all of the negativity.”

It was a decision and a motto that has worked for him since dealing with those injures, and helped Reed and his team compete to win the conference last season. Reed will keep that same mindset as he and his team continue to compete this year.

No matter what happens or where Reed ends up coaching, his goal in life is simple.

“I just want to be successful, and work as hard as I can at everything I can do,” Reed said.