A Bad Kidney Can't Slow Down Reid Pierzinski


Reid PierzinskiPequot Lakes Class of 2018

Personal Bests

300 Meter Hurdles: 38.60

110 Meter Hurdles: 14.66

200 Meter Dash:  23.1

400 Meter Dash:  50.01

400 Meter Relay Split:  48.6

5K Cross Country:  16:37.5

Triple Jump 46' 6"


Where you born and what was your first sport?

I have lived in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota my entire life. My first sport was soccer when I was in 5th grade.  I am 5'11" and 160 pounds.


Why didn't you play football, basketball, or baseball?

I was born with one deformed kidney and one normal kidney. I had to have surgery on it when I was in fifth grade, and the surgery got my deformed kidney to work about eighty percent efficiently as a normal kidney would. But because I only really have one kidney working at one-hundred percent, the doctors advised me to stay away from contact sports. I don't think my kidneys slow me down at all and I just look at my kidneys as part of my story in life.


How have you done at the MSHSL State Track & Field Championship over the years?

I have been to State the last three years for track and field. In 2015 I only qualified for State in triple jump and I was part of the 4x400m relay that took 9th place.

In 2016 I qualified in four events: Triple Jump, 110m hurdles, 300m hurdles, and the 4x400m relay. I fell in the three hundred hurdles so it resulted in a disqualification and our relay also received a disqualification due to a handoff error. In the other two events (the 110m hurdles and the triple jump) I got 8th place.

In 2017 I qualified in all four events again for the state tournament. This last year went better as I was the state champion for single A in the 110m hurdles and the 300m hurdles. I also anchored our 4x400m relay to receive the state champion medal. In the triple jump, I took fourth place.