Coyote track athletes will represent Reed City at state finals
SCOTTVILLE — A number of Reed City track and field athletes are headed to the state finals after impressive performances in Friday's Division 3 regional competition.
Reed City's Sami Michell will look to defend her four state titles from last season after qualifying for the Division 3 finals in all four of her events. In the Mason County Central Regional, Michell finished first in the 100 hurdles (14.3), the 300 hurdles (45.52) and 200 meter dash (25.76) while qualifying in the long jump (16-0.5) with a third-place finish.
She's the only Reed City girl to qualify. The finals are June 1 at Comstock Park.
Coach Vikki Michell noted that with rainy weather prevailing at the meet, conditions were poor at times.
“Sami did really well,” Michell said. “She performed some of her best times in really bad weather. We had a couple of girls like Hanna Price who did remarkably well for a freshman in her first regionals. She just missed qualifying for state finals. I was happy with how our girls performed. I wish we had nicer weather.
“Sami's looking forward to the state finals.”
Michell and other Reed City athletes will be at the Pioneer meet in Big Rapids on Friday.
Reed City got state-qualifying performances from Chad Zagacki, who took first in the 3,200 meters (9:51.29), while Andre Jones took second in the 200 meters (23.75). The Coyotes' 400 relay team of Jon Green, Eric Bradford, Eric Voelker and Jones qualified with a second-place finish (45.78), while the 800 relay team of Voelker, Eric Bradford, Michael Bradford and Jones were second in 1:34.12.
The 1,600-meter relay team just barely missed qualifying as did Green in the 100,” noted RC coach Brent Michell.
“I was disappointed that you have a track meet of this magnitude that's run in these conditions,” he said. “The kids placed as well as they could have placed. With the conditions, it was tough to get more regional qualifiers. I was proud of our kids. They had great attitudes.”
Sports editor Martin Slagter also contributed to this report.