Michell, Reed City girls ready for outdoor action
REED CITY — Sami Michell has plenty to focus on this season of track.
Michell, a four-event returning state champ and her Reed City teammates did some workouts during spring break last week.
Track practices resume this week. There were some voluntary practices last week. The schedule calls for Reed City to be at Newaygo on Wednesday and at the Cadillac Invitational on Friday.
Last week, Michell and her teammates got their first chance to be outdoors on the track and then had to brave the cold temperatures.
“We don’t have much place to train indoors. We just do some accelerations,’” Michell said. “That’s it for northern schools.”
Michell earlier this year signed a national letter of intent to run track at the University of Michigan.
She became the second individual female athlete in Michigan high school history to win four open events at the state track finals in any division last June. She did her four at Comstock Park in the Division 3 finals.
But she did more than just take first place in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, the long jump and the 200-meter dash.
Michell, as a junior, also became a three-time state champ in the 100-meter hurdles and a two-time state title winner in the long jump and 300-meter hurdles.
She set Division 3 records in both hurdles and the long jump and also the all-divisions record in the 300 hurdles.
But more impressively, by winning her last event of the day, the 200-meter dash, for the first time in her three-year career, Michell became a four-time state champion in individual events.
“I hope to have another good year like last year,” she said. “I still want to win four events.”
She’s not long jumping right now because of the surgery she had to repair her anterior cruciate ligament injury last fall.
“I can long jump when I feel like it but I’ll take it slow and probably start out taking less steps,” she said.
Michell said he likes running the 400 but noted that it’s right before the 300 hurdles and she probably won’t do it at the state meet.
“I’m going to run the 100 dash more this year. It’s back-to-back with the 100 hurdles but they’re short enough races so it’s not too hard,” he said. “During the season, I’ll probably run some relays because our team’s a little bigger this year.”
The Reed City girls team will be scoring plenty of points, Michell noted.
Looking at other events, Michell said the 300 hurdles might be her best event. “It’s hard to tell,” she said.
Michell is looking forward to her senior season.
“We’ve got a lot more girls which makes it more fun,” she said. “We’ll do better in our conference. We have more girls, talented girls too.
“Coming off my injury I have more to prove and it makes it more exciting. I don’t think I’ve lost any speed. If anything I feel even faster than last year. The only thing that worries me is because I couldn’t do anything for five months and we got a late start in the season because of the bad weather is that I won’t be in as good of shape as I was last year. But I don’t think I will take long to get back in shape.”