Riley Reeder is someone who will be remembered at Calumet High School for many years. His accomplishments include, but are not limited to: state qualifier in the 4×400 meter relay, indoor state champion in the 4×200 meter relay, indoor state champion in the 4×400 meter relay, regional qualifier in the 800 meters, and conference champion in the 800 meters. Riley was a very rare athlete where he could compete in every running event from the 100 meters to the 3200 meter run. He rose to every challenge that he faced. Whenever Riley was around, he brought the positive energy to the team that was needed on a daily basis. His work ethic was tremendous and that was contagious. He inspired others around him to work as hard as he did and never thought any challenge was too difficult. Riley is the first Calumet track athlete to qualify for Regionals in a distance event since 2013. He showed his teammates that it was possible to compete against the best runners in Lake County and the state when he finished 3rd in the 800 meters at the Sectional meet to qualify for Regionals. The two Lowell runners who beat him finished 2nd and 3rd at the State Finals last year. He was extremely proud of that accomplishment and it proves that even a kid from Calumet High School can compete against the best if they put in the work. Riley will be missed at Calumet High School. He is leaving a legacy that will be remembered for many years at Calumet. Riley is running cross country and track at Indiana University Northwest. We are very excited to see what he can accomplish with 4 more years of running. Good luck Riley!!!
- What made you come out for track? “My parents said it would be good to explore some other sports so I tried running both track and cross country”.
- What is your favorite track moment? “My favorite track moment was winning conference as a team my junior year and being conference champ in the 800″.
- Who is your inspiration? “My inspiration is myself `10 years from now, the person who I will always be chasing to be better than”.
- What advice would you give to underclassmen? “Don’t take training lightly, but also have fun, lots of fun. Track isn’t enjoyable unless you’re having fun and always remember… anything for the 4×4″.
- What has track taught you that you can carry after graduation? “Team work makes the dream work. Always stay calm and collected in a race”.