Recruited for Wolverines

Sami Michell
Sami Michell

REED CITY -- Four-event state champion Sami Michell has announced her plans to become a member of the University of Michigan track and field program.

Michell, whose senior spring track season will start in March, made her announcement this week.

Michell is coming off an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in the volleyball preseason. She had surgery in September, and has been waiting for the green light to start getting ready for the 2013 season.

Mike McGwire of the Michigan track coaching staff said he is limited, under NCAA restrictions, on what he can say about recruits right now until the signing date.

“At this point, we can only confirm that we are recruiting Sami,” he said. “We can comment subsequent to Feb. 6.”

Michell said she’ll be receiving a full-ride scholarship.

“I’ve been kind of a Michigan fan my whole life. I’ve always kind of wanted to go to Michigan,” said Michell. “It just feels right. I’ve been going to all the games and stuff and realized I really liked the school.”

It had only been done one other time until Michell became the second individual female athlete in state high school history to win four open events at the state track finals in any division last June. She did her four at Comstock Park in the Division 3 finals.

But she did more than just take first place in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, the long jump and the 200-meter dash.

The Reed City junior also became a three-time state champ in the 100-meter hurdles, and a two-time state titlist in the long jump and 300-meter hurdles.

She set Division 3 records in both hurdles and the long jump and also the all-divisions record in the 300 hurdles.

But more impressively, by winning her last event of the day, the 200-meter dash, for the first time in her three-year career, Michell became a four-time state champion in individual events.

After the state meet, Michell had said she was hoping to make an announcement on her college plans the first of the new year, prior to the beginning of the 2013 outdoor high school season.

While she’s gearing up for one more high school track season, Michell acknowledges her disappointment from the left knee injury and not being able to play volleyball.

The injury occurred in August and she had surgery Sept. 20.

“It was volleyball practice and we did a fours tournament where we had four on a team,” Michell recalls. “I went to hit, I planted my leg and turned...I felt it.”

A few days later when it was examined, Michell was told the news and that she would miss her senior volleyball season.

Michell said she’s been running as a part of her therapy and some floor running. She’s hoping to start competing indoors, perhaps by February.

Michell is anxious to be a part of the Michigan program.

“I know they had a good recruiting class last year,” Michell said. “(Michigan’s coach James Henry) thinks they’re a top five recruiting class in the country. It’s been kind of down. They haven’t been on top of the Big Ten lately. They had good years before where they were tops in the nation.”

Michell anticipates continuing to work on hurdles and long jump at Michigan.

“They’re going to get a brand new indoor and outdoor track and it’s going to be the best indoor track in the country,” Michell said. “It’s going to be a 300-meter track and a 200-meter track inside of it. They’ll redo their outdoor one.”

Michell is happy she’s made the decision and can focus on the rest of her high school career.

“It was really stressful,” she said. “I’m happy, I’m all smiles today. It’s really nice to know.”