Price has been right for Reed City track

BIG RAPIDS — Hannah Price realized she had huge shoes to fill this spring in the hurdles and long jump as a Reed City sophomore.

Considering whose shoes she was filling, Price hasn’t done too badly.

Price was the 100-meter dash champ in Friday’s Pioneer Track and Field meet at Top Taggart Field. Her time was 16.37.

In the long jump, Price was third at 15-3 ¼. She ran the 300 hurdles and was third in 52.19. She was eighth in the 200 in 29.75.

Those three events, plus the 200-meter dash, were dominated in the Pioneer meet the past four years by Price’s former teammate Sami Michell, who now runs at the University of Michigan. Michell also was state champ in those four events in 2012 and 2013.

“I look up to her a lot still,” Price said. “She’s come to talk to me a couple of times and that really helps.”

In the regionals earlier this month, Price was second in the 100 hurdles (16.78) and has qualified with the Reed City girls for state finals.

“It’s going better than last year,” Price said. “I’m going to states this year which was a really big goal for me. I still need a lot of work but I’ve come pretty far.”

The 100 hurdles has been her best event.

At the state meet, “I hope to get in the top eight and keep cutting my times,” Price said.

She’s undecided on what her second best event might be. Her best effort in the long jump has been 15-8 ½.

“I haven’t been able to get back to that,” she said. “I need to work on my finish (in the 300 hurdles).”

She also plays volleyball in the fall and basketball in the spring at Reed City. Last spring, Price also played varsity softball and ran track.

In track this season, Price said she’s vastly improved from last year.

“I dual sported last year but this year I’m not doing that,” she said. “I’ve been able to focus more on track.”

Reed City coach Brent Michell was encouraged early in the season with Price’s potential.

At a Grand Valley indoor meet two months ago, Price led the Coyotes by finishing third in the 60-meter hurdles (10.55) and ninth in the 200 meters (29.08). It was her first action of the season.

“She’s still pretty inexperienced but she’s going to be good,” Michell said after the Grand Valley meet. “We’re excited with how much improvement she’s been making.”