Coyotes set track records at Cedar Springs Invite

REED CITY — Several Reed City team and Cedar Springs Invitational records were broken by the Coyote track team in action on Saturday.

Sami Michell broke two school and three meet records while taking four first places. Her effort of 18-7 set a new school record. She clocked the 200-meter dash in 25.39 seconds for a new school and meet record. Her time of 14.73 second and 58.94 seconds in the 100 hurdle and 400 dash also set new meet records.

“She had the long jump and 200 (school) records previously,” said Reed City girls coach Vikki Michell. “She already broke those last year.”

It was the first time Reed City had gone to Cedar Springs for its invitational.

“We tried something new this year,” Michell said. “We tried something new this year and we liked it down there.”

For the boys, Reed City finished sixth out of eight teams with 533 points. The 1,600-meter relay team clocked a new school and meet record of 3:27.19 to take first with the foursome of Eric Reed, Eric Bradford, Michael Bradford and Joe Oehrli.

In the long jump, Michael Bradford was in 20-3, Nate Kailing second in 19-7.75 and Eric Bradford sixth in 19-2. For the high jump, Nate Kailing cleared 5-8 for fifth. He threw the shot 44-9.25 for sixth. Reed, Eric and Michael Bradford and Eric Voelker were first in the 800-meter in 1:33.40. Reed won the 200-meter dash in 22.85 seconds.

Taking thirds were Oehrli in the 1,600-meter run at 4;19.86, which just missed the school record plus the 400 relay team of Reed, Eric and Michael Bradford and Jon Green in 45.52.

“Our mile relay team took five seconds off its time,” said Reed City coach Brent Michell. “We told the boys ahead of time that there wasn’t much chance that we’d win, not enough depth, but it sure would be fun to go home making them realize we have some good runners in Reed City too. I was proud with how all of our kids competed. We had a good day.”


It couldn’t have been any closer in the Central State Activities Association boys track meet between Chippewa Hills and Reed City on Tuesday, May 1.

In a three-team meet, Reed City actually had the most points with 65, followed by Chippewa Hills with 63 and Holton with nine.

But in head-to-head scoring for conference records, Chippewa Hills was a 69-68 winner over Reed City.

For the girls, Chippewa Hills won two more duals to stretch its winning streak to 74 meets. Overall, the Warriors had 93 points competed to 32 for Reed City and 10 for Holton. Reed City gained its first dual win of the season.

For Reed City’s boys, freshman Jon Green threw the discus 122-7 and Nate Kailing tossed the shot 5-8 and Kyle Voelker cleared the pole vault 11-0 for first places in the field events.

“I knew it would be close,” said Reed City coach Brent Michell. “I was hoping we’d score another point in the pole vault. But it didn’t work out. I know Chippewa Hills had some sicknesses. I was happy with Kyle Voelker. He vaulted well for us.”

The Coyote 800-meter relay team of Joe Oehrli, Eric Bradford, Michael Bradford and Eric Reed was first in 1:34.0. The same foursome was first in 3:32.56 in the 1,600-meter relay with Reed going first, followed by Eric Bradford, Michael Bradford and Oehrli.

Oehrli won the 400 in 52.36 seconds while Reed crossed the line first in the 200-meter dash in 23.54. Chad Zagacki was first in 11:29.52 in the 3,200-meter run.

“The Bradfords, Joe Oehrli and Eric Reed did well again,” Michell said. “Chad Zagacki, a junior, has come on. I’ve been happy with him.”

For the girls, Sami Michell had another four-win performance for Reed City with firsts in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.89 seconds, the 100-meter dash in 13.04, the 300-meter hurdles in 45.91 and the 200-meter dash in 26.27.

“The girls are excited to win our first meet,” Reed City coach Vikki Michell said. “Each of them performed in events they’re not used to performing in.

“We had some PRs today. I’m proud of them.”