Reed City track athletes set for state finals

REED CITY — It’s the final show of the year on Saturday for the Reed City girls track team, but it will be a big one.

The Coyotes will be competing in the Division 3 finals at Comstock Park. The top eight finishers in each event will receive medals and earn all-state recognition.

Reed City has several athletes who qualified for the state final based on their performances at the regional on May 20.

Boy qualifiers are Mykel Dillard in the long jump and, the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays; Nate Fasbender in the pole vault. Brad Marek in the 110 and 300 hurdles, and Schuyler Smith in the high jump. The 4x100 team consists of Andre and Phillip Jones, Fasbender and Smith. The 4x200 team has Phillip Jones, Dillard, Andre Jones and Smith.

“Nathan was state champion last year so he’s got the best chance to repeat,” Reed City coach Brent Michell said. “Our boys 4x1 relay had a couple of handoffs that weren’t very fast, but broke the school record and meet record (Monday at Cadillac) and ran a 53.73. They’re putting themselves in a good position. If they run like that on Saturday, they should score well.

“Schuyler Smith in the high jump could easily clear 6-2. If he does that with no misses whether he makes another height or not would probably be good enough to score. Mykel Dillard has an opportunity to do well.”

Girl qualifiers are Hanna Price in the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles and Meghan Borst, Carmen Guy, Emily Libey and Price in the 4x100 relay.

“Hanna Price is looking good in the hurdles,” Michell said. “I certainly wouldn’t rule her out to be a state champion. She ran a pretty decent time (Monday in Cadillac). She had some flaws in the race and still ran under 16 seconds. She’s certainly in good position to medal.

“I think all of our kids have legitimate opportunities in each of their events.”