Oehrli breaks longtime Reed City record in 800 meter run

REED CITY — Joe Oehrli broke a record that’s been standing for 39 years.

In a triangular meet Friday at Reed City, Oehrli ran the 800 run in 1:58.61. He broke a mark set in 1972 by Herb Lindsay, who later went on to national and worldwide recognition as one of the top marathoners and was recognized by road racing officials as America’s best road racer 1981-92.

The old mark was 1:59.1.

Oehrli’s previous best time was a 2:02. He admitted that breaking the record was a goal coming into the season.

“I was thinking it could come any time this season,” he said. “The weather was really nice and I had a good kick at the end.”

Oehrli figures he can keep lowering the time in the 800 and is taking aim at a state title in the event.

A distance runner, Oehrli said the 800 has been his best event and he’s been happy with his 2011 performances.

“The best part has to be my kick,” he said.

Reed City co-coach Vikki Michell noted that others have come close to Lindsay’s record with times like 2:04.

“Joe’s the first one to break under 2:00 since Herb as far as I know,” Michell said.

Lindsey qualified for the 1980 Olympic games in Moscow that the United States boycotted.

Reed City had 58 points in the meet, while Lake City had 96 for first. Mason County Central was third with 21.

Brian Michell had a big meet with wins in the pole vault at 14-6 and 110 hurdles at 16.3. They also won the 400 relay at 45.9 seconds with Eric Bradford, Michael Bradford, Eric Reed and Michell and 1,600 relay at 3:37.1 with Reed, the Bradfords and Oehrli. Jacob Vincent won the discus at 120-4.

Drake Walker, a freshman in the distances, dropped 20 seconds off his time in the 3,200-meter run, Michell noted.

“He’s really doing a nice job for us,” Michell said.

On the girls side, Reed City had 45 points while MCC was a 69 and Lake City at 56.

Michell won four events, taking the 100 hurdles at 14.8, the 100 dash at 12.6, the 300 hurdles at 43.7 and the 200 dash at 25.8. She broke school marks in the 200 meters and 300 hurdles.

Also taking firsts were Nicolle Ostrander in the long jump at 14-0 and Kristin Forman in the 800 run and the 400-meter relay team of Katie Nicklas, Triston Rogers, Amanda Davidson and Ostrander in 56 seconds.

Sami Michell says this is perfect track weather, and the Reed City sophomore took advantage of that factor on Tuesday, May 10.

Michell placed first in four events to lead Reed City in a double dual against Central Montcalm and Hesperia. The Coyotes lost to Hesperia 72-49 and to Central Montcalm 83-41.

Against Central, RC winners were Michell in the 100-meter hurdles and 100-meter dash plus the 300 hurdles and 200-meter dash. She won the same events against Hesperia. Kristin Forman won the 1600-meter and 800-meter runs against Central while Nicolle Ostrander took the long jump against Hesperia. Reed City won the 400 and 800 meter relays against Hesperia.

Michell broke her own 300-meter hurdle record with her best time of the season at 44.69 seconds.

“I ran my best time this year in the 200 even though it’s not my PR,” she said. “I feel like I’m coming on right now because the weather is finally warming up. The 300 hurdles was perfect weather.”

The Reed City boys beat Central Montcalm 69-68 and slipped past Hesperia 75-62.

The Coyotes netted first places from Adam Kehr in the high jump, Brian Michell in the pole vault and 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, Michael Bradford in the long jump, Eric Reed in the 100-meter dash, Paris Jones, Erick and Kyle Voelker and Kyle Perfitt in the 800-meter relay; Eric Bradford, Michael Bradford, Michell and Reed in the 400-meter relay; Joe Oehrli in the 400-meter dash and Eric and Michael Bradford, Reed and Oehrli in the 1,600-meter relay.

Reed also set a new personal record in the 300 hurdles at 44.36 seconds.

“It was a pretty good day,” Reed said. “Central is a big school. “We’re definitely starting to peak right now.”

The 1,600-meter time was 3:40.35 in the relays for a personal best.

“We just started running that two meets ago,” Reed said. “At the Pine River invite last weekend, we were down to Kent City with only the 4 by 4 left. We came back and got first in that and won the meet. We’re there to have fun. But when you run a race for fun and find out you can win it, that just makes it better.”

Reed City has a home invitational on Friday.


Pole vault—Brian Michell, 14-0; 3200 relay—Kyle Perfitt, Joe Oehrli, Adam Kehr, Drake Walker, 90:26.23. 100 dash—Eric Reed, 11.95. 400 relay—Eric Bradford, Michael Bradford, Brian Michell, Eric Reed, 46.53. 400 dash—Joe Oehrli, 53.37. 899 run—Adam Kehr, 2:24.41; 200 dash—Kyle Perfitt, 24.7 1,600 relay—Eric Bradford, Michael Bradford Eric Reed, Joe Oehrli, 3:40:35. High jump—Adam Kehr, 5:02. Long jump—Michael Bradford, 18-1.


Long jump—Nicolle Ostrander, 13-7. 100 hurdles—Sami Michell, 15.0. 100 dash—Sami Michell, 13.08 800 relay—2:01.37. 400 relay—56.97. 300 hurdles—Sami Michell, 44.69; 200 dash—Sami Michell, 26.44. 1,600-meter run—Kirstin Forman, 5:53.95. 800-meter run: Kristin Forman, 2:35.25.