The football season had just ended with a disappointing playoff loss, and Chris Reed wasn’t sure how quickly he wanted to transition to track and field.
But the first meet was less than a week away so the Minnesota State senir decided to compete. He grabbed the shot put and let it fly ... 61-feet-7 3/4, breaking his own indoor school record.
Turns out, it was an omen.
“I only practiced three days,” Reed said. “I was like, ‘Where did that come from?’ I started to think that this might be the year and I could do things I’ve wanted to do since I got here. It’s kind of surprised me.”
That surprising debut has continued into an unbelievable season for Reed, who seemingly breaks records with personal-best throws at every meet.
Two weeks ago, at a meet at the University of Minnesota, Reed extended his school record and broke the Division II record by throwing 65-5 1/2. Last week, he bettered that at the Minnesota State Open, throwing 65-10 1/4, now nearly a foot farther than any Division II thrower has ever gone.
He’s been named the national track athlete of the week the last three weeks.
He’s the E.F. Hutton of track because when he throws, others tend to stop and watch the hang time on his violent, yet majestic throws.
“I’ve now set higher goals for myself,” Reed said. “Now that I’ve hit 65, I’d like to hit 67. The next three weeks are important because I want to peak at nationals.”
Reed is an All-American in the shot put, discus and hammer throw in outdoor track, and he was the outdoor national champion in shot put last spring, throwing 65-7. He was runner-up at the indoor national meet last season, throwing 60-5.
Reed, who still has one season of eligibility in football, has been one of the mainstays in the Mavericks’ offensive line, starting 32 games over the last three season.