Michell wins four regional events, set for state finals

REED CITY — It’s no secret that three-event state champion Sami Michell would prefer finishing first four times in this year’s Division 3 state event on June 2.

In the meantime, the Reed City junior, who won four regional titles last Friday at Mason County Central, is going to work on the one event that she didn’t win last season at state: the 200-meter dash.

Michell will be performing in today’s Central State Activities Association meet at Lakeview and then appears at Top Taggart Field Friday in the Pioneer Track & Field Championships.

Michell in the regionals at MCC won the long jump at 17-8. She also took first in the 100-meter hurdles at 14.24 seconds, the 300-meter hurdles in 43.61 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 25.82. She hasn’t lost this season in any of those events.

“I was happy,” she said. “I wanted to run a good 300 hurdles time and win all of my events so I could qualify. That was my main goal.”

“It was pretty warm,” Sami’s mother and coach, Vikki Michell said. “So at the end of the day, in the 300, she was a little tired. She’s trying to get used to the hot weather. It’s hard on your body. She performed very well.”

Michell figures she’s on target for where she wants to be.

“I’m way ahead of where I was last year,” she said. “Three of my four events (jump and hurdles) at regionals were faster than what they were last year at regionals. I feel like I’m even more ready this year than I was last year. My 200 time was right about where it was last year. It was my last event and there wasn’t a lot of competition. I won by (1.36 seconds).”

Last season in the state finals, Michell was first in the long jump in 17-6 ½, the 100-meter hurdles in 14.07 seconds and in the 300-meter hurdles in 43.83 seconds for two new meet hurdle records.

In the 200, Michell was second at 26.30 seconds behind Angie Ritter of Frankenmuth in 26.25 seconds.

Ritter is back this season and also won four events in the Bad Axe regionals. Her first place time was 26.64.

Michell is confident she can achieve 100 percent of her goals, which includes being a four-event state champ, before the season ends.

“In my other three events, I’m looking at the other region results and I’m about a foot farther in the long jump, almost three seconds faster in the hurdle and about a second in the 100 hurdles.”

Michell will be ranked second behind Ritter going into the state finals.

“She didn’t run that good of a time at regionals,” Sami said. “But she’ll run good at state, I’m sure.”

But Michell is confident Ritter can be beaten.

“I could have beaten her last year,” Michell said. “My dad (Brent) talked to me after the race and he said he would have ran it a little differently. Last year I had her at the curve but didn’t have enough to keep her at the end.”

Both Vikki and Sami Michell indicate the meets prior to the state finals will serve as a good preparation tool for the state finals.

“They’ll keep her going and keep her fired up,” Vikki said. “They’re good training meets. She runs hard on those days. A hard thing about the honor meets is that they go so fast. There’s only one heat in everything. They flow through. You don’t have a lot of recovery time between each event.”

“I’ll try to get ready for the state finals,” said Michell, who was the Female Athlete of the Meet at the Pioneer event as a freshman and sophomore. “That’s pretty much what I’m doing from now on. I just want to run good times.

“The people at the Pioneer meet are pretty much the same as our conference (Central State Activities Association). I ran at Cedar Springs and they’ll be there. I ran at Newaygo and they’ll be there. Everyone else is pretty much from the conference.”