Coyote shine at Alma in regional tune-up

ALMA — Reed City’s track teams saw a chance for one last meet prior to this weekend’s regional competition with the Scottie Classic on Saturday at Alma College.

For the boys meet, Reed City was third in Division 3 among six squads. Reed City was fifth in the six-team girls Division 3.

Sami Michell had another big day for Reed City winning four events with 25.18 seconds in the 200-meter dash, 14.26 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles, 43.16 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles for a new school record and the long jump (17-8 ¼).

“Right at this time is when she starts improving,” said Reed City girls coach Vikki Michell. “She did well today. If she can drop her times like she did today ... this is the first day we’ve had where it’s been warm. They ran the meet really efficiently here. There’s a lot of competition.”

Vikki Michell said the team also netted personal records from Miranda Guerin in the discus, Shayla Kehr in the 200 and 400 and Marie Kinsey in the 100, 200 and 400 dash. Guerin was second in the discus at 88-3.

“We had excellent performances out of all of them,” Michell said.

Reed City runs Friday at the Mason County Central regionals.

“That’s actually a pretty strong regional,” Vikki Michell said. “Last year, in the girls hurdles, we qualified three girls and they all placed in the top eight at the state finals. For the girls, it’s a pretty tough one.”

For Reed City boys , Eric Reed won the 200-meter dash in 22.79 seconds, Joe Oehrli took first in the 800-meter run in 1:55.92 with a new school and meet record, and the 1,600 meters in 4:21.62. Chad Zagacki was third in the 3,200-meter run (10:18.98).

The Coyotes won three relays: the 400-meter relay with Eric and Michael Bradford, Reed and Jon Green in 45.29 seconds, the 800 relay with the Bradfords, Reed and Eric Voelker in 1:34.09 and the 1,600 relay with the Bradfords, Reed and Oehrli in 3:26.55 for a new school record.

“I was pretty happy,” Oehrli said. “We’re running pretty good. I know that we can do better. We want to do our best at state.”

In the 1,600-relay, Oehrli is hoping the team can get down to the 3:23 range.

“This is the first meet I ran (the 800) hard,” Oehrli said. “I PRed. I was happy with that. There will be more competition in the 800 this year. But (for postseason) I’ll run all three events I ran (at Alma).”

He’s hoping for a 1:52 in the 800 and a 4:16 in the 1,600.

“My first lap is pretty decent in the 800,” Oehrli said. “I feel if I have more people with me, then my last 300 will be good.”

Nate Kailing won the high jump at 5-11 and was third in the shot put at 44-3 and Kyle Voelker was second in the pole vault at 10-0 and Jon Green fourth in the discus at 111-1.


Reed City’s boys won two Central State Activities Association meets May 8 at Central Montcalm.

The Coyotes defeated Hesperia 74.5-61.5 and Central Montcalm 101.5-34.5.

For the Coyotes, Nolan Patterson was second in the high jump at 5-6. In the pole vault, Kyle Voelker was first at 9-6, while Dylan Langlois was second at 9-0 and Ian MacDonald fourth at 8-6. Ridge Saladin was third in the shot put at 36-8 and fourth in the discus at 108. Donovan Simmons went 16-11 for third in the long jump.

In the relays, Eric Reed, Eric Bradford, Michael Bradford and Jon Green clocked the 400 relay in 46.20 seconds for first place. Reed, the Bradfords and Eric Voelker combined for a 1:35.20 in the 800 relay for first. Also first was the 1,600-meter relay team of Reed, the Bradfords and Eric Voelker in 3:34.8. The 3,200-meter relay foursome of Adam Kehr, Chad Zagacki, Walker and Joe Oehrli was second in 8:52.

Jon Green won the 100 in 12.20 and Ridge Saladin was fourth in 12.70. Corey Saladin was second in the 110 hurdles in 18.60 and Patterson fourth in 20.2. Oehrli won the 1,600 in 4:39.7 and Walker was fourth in 5:29.10. Oehrli was first in the 800 in 2:03.8 and Kehr was fourth in 2;18.4

Kyle Voelker was third in the 400 dash in 57.5 seconds while, in the 300 hurdles, Eric Voelker, Corey Saladin and Patterson were second in 47.8, third in 48.9 and fourth in 49.20.

In the 200, Eric Reed was first in 23.4, Eric Bradford second in 24.7 and Michael Bradford third in 25.0. Zagacki was second in the 3,200 run in 10:28.7 and Donovan Simmons was fourth in 12:02.3.

The Reed City girls lost 94-26 to Hesperia and 94.5-31.5 to Central Montcalm.

Sami Michell ran different events than normal. She was first in the 100 at 12.7 and first in the 800 at 2:24.90. She took second in the high jump at 4-6 and second in the 400 relay in 57.0 with Bethany Church, Miranda Guerin and Marie Kinsey.

Bethany Church was third at 26-9 and Hailey Pendley fourth at 25-10.5 in the shot put. Guerin was second in the discus at 80-11 and Church fourth in the 100 at 15.0.