Michell's final track season memorable at Reed CIty
REED CITY — Brent Michell had a memorable 29th season as Reed City track and field coach.
Michell is retiring and will be replaced by Brad Smith.
The boys were 5-2 in conference dual meets.
“We had higher hopes but competed very well in the state finals and were invited to our first ever MITCA team championship,” Michell said. “We were third in the final conference standings.”
The girls had a CSAA record of 1-5-1.
“We competed very well but just didn’t have enough,” Michell said. “Abbigail Kiaunis competed very well in the state finals and earned all-state honors and was fifth in the final conference standings. We sent seven athletes to the state finals and six of them were all-state.”
The Coyotes had several outstanding athletes. They had several CSAA champions including Michael Johnson (43-10) in the shot put, Austin Fowler (130-10) in the discus and Landon Tomaski (10-0) in the pole vault.
Jackson Price, Noah Jones, Nick Douglass, and Phillip Jones-Price won the 4x100 and 4x200 in the CSAA and regionals. They are called members of “the best sprint relay teams in our area,” by Michell.
“Phillip was CSAA and regional champion in the 200, Jackson qualified for the finals in the long jump,” Michell said. “Phillip and Jackson qualified for the finals in four events, Noah qualified in three relay events and Nick qualified in both sprint relays.”
Price ran 23.13 seconds in the 200 and Jones 23.92 seconds. Douglass had a best time of 11.52 seconds in the 100. Price had a best effort of 20 5 ½ in the long jump.
“Calvin Rohde ran great all year for us in the middle distance,” Michell said.
For the girls, Abbigail Kiaunis and Paige Williams were first team CSAA.
Demi Lodholtz won the high jump in the CSAA and regional. Williams had a 13.25 in the 100 and 27.72 in the 200. Kiaunis was eighth in the 1,600 at the state meet and also ran in the 400. Michell said she had top times of 59.95 seconds in the 400, 2:24.07 in the 800. 5:17.95 in the 1,600 and 12:05.53 in the 3,200.
“These athletes are great track athletes and would help any team in the area,” Michell said.
Johnson, Pelton, Price, Jones-Price and Douglass will be key graduates for the boys.
For the girls, “Kaitlin Vinton was our only senior and didn’t score a ton for us but will be greatly missed. Her work ethic and team attitude is what we try to get all our athletes to work towards,” Michell said.
Key returners are Noah Jones, Rohde, Fowler, Joe Shewan, Tomaski, Kiaunis, Williams, Lodholtz and Mckenna Hill.
“Next year looks to be a decent season,” Michell said. “We have some key kids coming back. The core that will be returning will need some support and I think there could be some good students coming up from the middle school team. We may not be as strong as we were this year, but next year’s team will have some successes.”