Michell's junior track season was memorable
Editor’s note: This is another in a series of Special Season stories highlighting key sports moments in the area.
REED CITY – Of all her four state championship season in track and field, the most memorable for Reed City’s Sami Michell was arguably in 2012.
She won one state title in 2010 and three in 2011. She has taken the 100 and 300 hurdles, plus the long jump in 2011. In 2012, she also won the 200 to make it four-for-four
“All her records came her junior year,” her dad and coach, Brent Michell said. “She tore her ACL in volleyball her senior year. It was a stressful year as a senior. Her junior year was amazing. It was exciting.”
Michell would actually still win all four events at the state meet as a senior. But when she did it as a healthy junior it was indeed a special moment. She set a Lower Peninsula record in the 100 hurdles by winning it her third straight time with a clocking of 13.84. It was two straight state titles in the 300 hurdles and long jump with Lower Peninsula state record breaking efforts in 42.23 seconds and 18-feet-6 ½ inches respectively.
Then came the 200 dash which she barely lost the previous year. In 2012, in the 200, was all Michell in 25.28 seconds.
“She had great energy going into the state finals each of her three years,” Brent Michell said. “She was a little nervous but she used that nervous energy in the right direction. I think every year her best races of the year came in the state finals.”
Earlier this year, prior to a varsity boys basketball game, Michell was honored by athletic director Kris Griffin and the Reed City athletic boosters with a large plaque that will be displayed permanently at the Reed City track.
“Sami Michell started her high school track and field career running her first outdoor meet at Big Rapids High School,” Reed City public address announcer John Williams said during his introduction. “In that meet, Sami broke the first of her many school records. This one was in the 100-meter hurdles which was previously owned by her mother (Vikki). By the time Sami’s high school track and field career was over, she had broken six school records and four state final records.
“She currently owns D-3 records in the long jump and 100-hurdles. Her 42.23 seconds in the 300 hurdles is all Class/all division at the state finals record. She set the state final record by winning 12 individual events. During her senior year, Sami was one of six finalists in the state to be recognized by the Detroit Athletic Club for Female Athlete of the year.