Reed City track athletes shine at Grand Valley

Hanna Price
Hanna Price

REED CITY — Reed City’s track athletes were able to get a taste of action last Friday at an indoor invitational at Grand Valley State.

For the boys, Nate Fasbender won the pole vault (13-06) while Andre Jones placed third in the 60-meter dash (7.42) and the quartet of Fasbender, Jones, Michael Gilmurrey and Chad Samuels placed third in the 4x300 relay (2:37.68). Samuels and Zack Borst also finished tied for eighth in the high jump (5-02) while Borst also came in 10th in the long jump (18-04) and Dylan Langlois placed fifth in the pole vault (11-00).

Fasbender had a personal record in the pole vault.

“It was a foot higher than he jumped last year,” said Reed City coach Brent Michell. “He really looked good for the first day out. I was very impressed with that.”

Langlois also had a personal record in the high jump.

The Coyotes had three sprinters in the finals of the 60 meters with Jones, Jon Green and Colin Hatfield.

“Andre and Jon placed in the top eight,” Michell said. “That’s pretty good. Our sprinters look better in the 100 than they are in the 60. Their starts aren’t quite as quick as some kids. But they’ll finish strong. To see them do that well was exiting for me.”

Michell was encouraged with the relay team.

“Overall, we were happy to see what kids can do,” Michell said. “Even in races we didn’t compete well in, it gave us a starting point and showed us we have potential there.”

It’s Samuels’ first season of track.

“He’s looking really good in the 300, 400,” Michell said. “I don’t know about the 200 yet. He’s strong. He has a great stride. He’s going to high jump well for us.”

Borst is in his first track season and Michell has high hopes for him.

For the girls, Hanna Price led the Coyotes by finishing third in the 60-meter hurdles (10.55) and ninth in the 200 meters (29.08).

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

Pioneer sports editor Greg Buckner contributed to this report.