Former Reed City pole vaulter shining at the collegiate level
REED CITY — Brian Michell is halfway through his collegiate track career at Olivet-Nazarene and is confident he is on his way to accomplishing major goals at the national level.
The NAIA college is located in Bourbonnais, Ill., near Chicago.
Michell, a former Reed City athlete, placed second in the state pole vault in the 2011 state meet, He has completed two seasons at Olivet Nazarene.
A major highlight for Michell was taking All-American indoor honor in the vault by placing sixth. He hit 16-1 twice this year. The indoor nationals were in Ohio.
“I qualified for outdoor nationals but had a bad day,” he said, recalling that he cleared 16-1.
“I was really happy,” Michell said of his sophomore season. “I jumped twice this year when I went 16-1. Both of them were better than I did in high school and was the first time I’ve jumped over 16 feet since high school. I’m on the right path.”
Michell is bidding to place higher at NAIA nationals next season.
“There’s a good possibility of jumping 17 feet next year,” he said. “I need to get more confident and more consistent on this new pole.”
Michell focuses on pole vault and is the school’s main athlete at that event.
The school placed 13th outdoor in the country and 11th indoor.
“We had a bunch of All-Americans indoor,” Michell said. “We’re only losing three or four guys and one that went to nationals. The rest of the team is coming back.”
After two years, Michell has enjoyed college track.
“I enjoy all the meets and traveling,” he said. “I haven’t performed the way I think I should. I’ve been up there working hard and enjoying my time there.”
Michell has been working on weekends with jumping and lifting to stay in shape so he’s ready when school starts. He’s ready for a banner junior college season.