Oehrli eyes titles at state finals

REED CITY — Joe Oehrli will be among the standout Reed City performers to keep an eye on Friday at the Pioneer Track & Field Championships.

Oehrli had an excellent day on Friday at the Division 3 regionals, hosted by Mason County Central.

Oehrli won two events with the 800-meter run in 1:56.58 and the 1,600-meter run in 4:22.93. Oehrli was the anchor of the 1,600-meter relay squad that was first in 3:28.66. He will compete in those three events June 2 at the state finals.

Reed City, as a team, finished third.

“I was happy with my times,” Oehrli said. “I was happy with how my team did. I was disappointed we didn’t make it to state.”

He was referring to the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association team meet this Saturday. The top two teams from the regionals qualify for that.

But Oehrli was happy with the athletes that will be going to Comstock Park on June 2.

Oehrli hopes to win all three events at the state finals.

“In the 1,600, I’m seeded first overall in Division 3 by a minute,” Oehrli said. “I’m confident in that. In the 800, I’m seeded second. I still have a good feeling about winning that. The 4 by 400, we’re seeded second behind Lansing Catholic, so hopefully we’ll have a good race.”

Last season, Oehrli ran in the 800 run and 1,600-meter relay. He’ll be at the state finals for his second year. He finished third in the 800 last season at 1:55.85.

“It will be very helpful. You get the feeling of a state meet and how big it is and how competitive,” he said.

Oehrli is hoping the CSAA meet this past Tuesday and The Pioneer meet at Top Taggart Field will get him ready for the state finals.

“It will prepare me pretty well,” he said. “I’d have to do workouts if we didn’t have those meets. But because we’ll have those meets, I can do some speed workouts.”

Oehrli will be the anchor of the 1,600-meter relay which will also include Eric Reed and the twin brother combination of Michael and Eric Bradford.