After more than two years of college, Jared Reddy continues to contribute to the Methuen High cross country program.
Last summer, the former Ranger star did an admirable job of recruiting younger brother Jeff, a freshman, to follow in the footsteps of older brother Justin and himself.
“He wasn’t sure if he (Jeff) wanted to run in high school because of me and my brother,” said Reddy, a junior on the UMass Amherst cross country team. “Maybe it was too much pressure.
“This summer, I took him on some runs and really got him into it. Now he loves it. He goes through all my old results and tells me he’s coming after me. I think he has a lot of potential. He’s taller than me and getting better all the time.”
Reddy has been keeping tabs on his younger brother throughout the fall, but his main focus has been to get healthy again.
“I was doing really well in the summer, running in the 90-mile range and feeling great. Then school started and I got a hip problem.
“I had to take a week off and then I had to back off the training.”
As a result, Reddy has been playing catch-up ever since. After finishing second on the team in last year’s NCAA regional championships, he had visions of being the No. 2 or 3 man all fall.
Instead, he’s just recently moved up to No. 4, which was his position for the Minutemen in a disappointing eighth place finish at the Atlantic 10 championship.
“It was a bad race for us,” said Reddy. “Our No. 1 guy had to drop out because of back spasms, another guy dropped out and halfway through the race I fell down and turned an ankle. I was in the top 20 until then, but I had to just gut it out to the end.”