Reed City honors former state track champion Sami Michell
REED CITY -- Sami Michell journeyed all the way from California to Michigan on Friday, forsaking the 78-degree weather out west for the colder 28-degree temperature in Michigan.
But it was for a very good reason.
Michell was honored in between the boys and girls Reed City-Big Rapids basketball games as one of the most successful female athletes in school history
Michell was honored by athletic director Kris Griffin and the Reed City Athletic boosters with a large plaque that will be displayed permanently at the Reed City track.
"Sami Michell started her high school track and field career running her first outdoor meet at Big Rapids High School," Reed City public address announcer John Williams said during his introduction. "In that meet, Sami broke the first of her many school records. This one was in the 100-meter hurdles which was previously owned by her mother (Vikki). By the time Sami's high school track and field career was over, she had broken six school records and four state final records.
"She currently owns D-3 records in the long jump and 100-hurdles. Her 42.23 seconds in the 300 hurdles is all Class/all division a state finals record. She became all-state in 25 of her possible 126 events and set state final record by winning 12 individual events. During her senior year, Sami was one of six finalists in the state to be recognized by the Detroit Athletic Club for Female Athlete of the year.
As a senior, Michell's four first places in the state meet gave Reed City all the points it needed for the state runner-up team trophy."
"Sami continued her career at the University of Michigan, earning eight all-Big Ten honors in three seasons and leading her Wolverines to Big Ten indoor an outdoor championships in 2016," Williams said. "After taking a medical redshirt her senior year, Sami received her bachelors degree in Kinesiology from Michigan and used her graduate transfer to finish her collegiate career at California State University Northridge where she earned five all Big West honors during her final season.
"While training at Northridge under coach Lawrence Johnson, Sami trained with former U.S. record holder and 2016 Olympic champ in the 100-meter hurdles Brianna Rollins-McNeal and current world record holder and 2016 Olympic champion in the 400 hurdles Daliah Muhammed.
Sami now trains and coaches at Santa Monica Community College and is hoping to qualify for the 2020 U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon.
Michell was joined at the presentation by her parents, Brent and Vikki Michell, who were her high school coaches.
"This plaque will be displayed proudly at our track," Williams announced. "We would also like to thank Colette and Chuck Rogers for sponsoring this beautiful monument that recognizes Sami's amazing accomplishments at Reed City as well as her collegiate career."
"I'm honestly so honored," Michell said after the presentation. "I didn't see the plaque until tonight. When I saw it I couldn't stop crying,
She said she enjoys where she's coaching. She laughed while admitting she doesn't miss Michigan winters.
"It's 78 degrees at home right now," she said.
Michelle graduated in 2013 and said her favorite memory came in 2013 when she won all four of her events (long jump, both hurdles, 200) for the first time.
"My first state title, I remember that," she said. "Winning all four was my favorite."