Larger numbers boost Reed City girls team

WORKOUT: Sami Michell leads workouts for the Reed City track teams in the high school hallways during a recent practice. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)
WORKOUT: Sami Michell leads workouts for the Reed City track teams in the high school hallways during a recent practice. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Reed City’s girls track numbers are up and coach Vikki Michell is anticipating an enjoyable season for the Coyote girls.

Most of the athletes have been inside prior to Friday’s Grand Valley meets with hopes of getting outside this week before spring break hits next week.

Sami Michell leads the way for her last season with the Coyotes. She was a four-event state champion last year and is hoping for another productive spring. She won the state titles in the 100 and 300 hurdles, plus the long jump and 200 dash, but also might be trying another event.

Marie Kinsey and Liz Jobes will also be point producers for the Coyotes. Michell has still been experimenting with her girls in determining what events they’ll participate in.

Allison Schermerhorn will be in various events for the Coyotes.

The 22 athletes on the team “is almost triple than what we had last year with only eight,” Michell said. “Some of them are experienced with junior high and some of them are completely new and trying something different. A lot of them don’t know what they want.”

Remonda Nasheb will be in the throws for the Coyotes.

Michell hopes to get her girls outside as often as possible to know what to get them ready for in CSAA meets.

Sami Michell will be doing more 100 and 400s and maybe some relays and the 800, Vikki Michell said, adding that Sami, as of last week, had not yet be cleared for the long jump. She’s coming off an ACL injury she sustained in September.

“If we think it’s safe, she’ll be in the long jump. But we don’t want to risk it too early,” Vicki Michell said.

Reed City participated in the Laker challenge on Friday and Michell took first place in the 60-meter dash in 7.98 seconds, and the 200-meter dash in 26.4 seconds. She won the 60 hurdles in 8.093 seconds. Hanna Price was fifth in that event in 10.64 seconds. The foursome of Schermerhorn, Caitlin Paine, Price and Michell was fifth in 3:15.78.