Michell a finalist for state athlete of the year

FINALIST: Sami Michell was a four-event state champion last spring. (File photo)
FINALIST: Sami Michell was a four-event state champion last spring. (File photo)

REED CITY — Senior track athlete Sami Michell of Reed City has been named one of six finalists for the Detroit Athletic Club high school Female Student Athlete of the Year award. The annual award started in 1996 and honors both athletic and academic achievement.

Gabby Yurik, a golfer from Stoney Creek High School, was named the high school Student Athlete of the Year in 2012. Wrestler Taylor Massa of St. Johns was the male student athlete of the year.

Six female and six male finalist are named as finalists before a winner is selected.

Reed City athletic director Monty Price said he nominated Michell, who won four state titles as a junior in the 2012 state outdoor track and field finals.

“As of (Monday) she was notified she is one of six female finalists,” Price said. “She will go there on April 12 for a breakfast and they will be interviewed.”

The award ceremonies are set for mid-May.

“There’s no specific criteria,” Price said. “They look at academic (and) athletic achievement. You have to be a senior.”

Price said it’s the first time he’s nominated an athlete for the award.

“I believe her accomplishments speak for themselves,” Price said. “She has been one of the most dominant female athletes I’ve come across. Her accomplishments speak volumes for her work. I feel she’s deserving of the honors. It’s hard for me to think  of any other female athlete who has accomplished as many things as she has.”

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.

Michell said she’s unaware of the names of the other five finalists for the award.

“I’m really excited. It’s an honor to be nominated,” Michell said. “It’s pretty cool.”

Michell, coming off surgery to repair an anterior cruciate ligament injury,  started track practices with her team last week. Practices have so far been indoors. But she’s hoping the weather allows practices to go outdoors soon.

“Indoors is hard on the legs,” she said.