Michells star for Coyote track teams

REED CITY — The Reed City boys track team placed ninth in the Morley Stanwood Mohawk Relays Saturday with 28 points.

Brian Michell led the way with a pole vault effort of 15-1 to set a new school and meet record.

Jacob Vincent and Dakota Gogolowski also did well in the discus with respective throws of 117 and 111-2, pointed out coach Brent Michell.

The girls were seventh with 36 points.

On Thursday at Reed City, the Coyote boys narrowly lost to Evart in a three-way meet. Evart had 69 points compared to 64 for Reed City and 42 for Mesick.

Earning first places for Reed City were Jacob Vincent in the discus at 106-8, Brian Michell in the pole vault at 14-0 and 110 hurdles in 16.1 seconds, Tim Oehrli in the 1,600 meter run in 4:42 and the 800-meter run in 2:04. The 400-meter relay in 46.1 seconds and Eric Reed in the 100 in 11.7 seconds and 200-meter dash in 24.3 seconds also took firsts.

Winning for Evart were David Zinger in the 3,200-meter run in 10:27 and the 3,200-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay teams in 8:52 and 3:48.7.

The girls meet was also close with Evart landing in first with 59 points, followed by Reed City at 55 and Mesick at 46.

Sami Michell had another big meet for Reed City with first in the 100 hurdles at 14.7 seconds, the 300 hurdles at 46.2 and the 200-meter dash at 27.5 seconds. Nicolle Ostrander was first in the long jump at 14-2 and first in the 100 in 13.99 seconds. Also taking first were Katie Nicklas in the pole vault at 7-0 and Kristin Forman in the 3,200-meter run in 13:57.

Evart notched first places from Kaitlyn Parsons in the discus at 79-6, Kirstin Parsons in the shot put at 27-2, Jessica Tea-hui in the high jump at 4-10 and 400-meter run at 1:07.7 and Kaitlynne Vanmorick in the 1,600-meter run in 6:02.

“I like what the kids have looked like,” Brent Michell said, summarizing the week for the Coyotes. “We have a ways to go yet. The spring break is hard on us but a lot of schools go through that. The kids work hard. I think we’ll see a lot of improvement as the season goes on.”

Thursday, the Coyotes will be at the Newaygo Invitational. Next Tuesday, they are home against Big Rapids and White Cloud.