Reed City track athletes shine at Newaygo Invitational

REED CITY — Reed City’s track teams enjoyed a strong day at the Newaygo Invitational on Thursday night.

In the 18-team field, the girls were sixth and the boys were seventh.

“It was nice until the sun went down, then it got very cold,” said Reed City coach Brent Michell. “We finished around 10:30. It was a late night.”

For the boys, Brian Michell won the pole vault at 15-0 and was second in the 110-meter hurdles in 16.25. Joe Oehrli was second in the 1,600-meter run in 4:35.8, second in the 800-meter run in 2:05.4 and eighth in the 3,200-meter run in 10:34.8. Michael Bradford was seventh in the long jump at 18-7.5.

For the girls, Sami Michell won the 100-meter dash in 13.05 seconds, the 100 hurdles in 14.69 for a new school record and the 300 hurdles in 46.5. Kristin Forman was fifth in the 800 in 2:40.82. The 400-meter relay team was second in 54.82. The team consisted of Katie Nicklas, Amanda Davidson, Nicolle Ostrander and Michell.

“On the boys side, we had one injury that changed some things that we’re doing,” Michell said. “You run with what you have. The kids competed well.”

Reed City is slated to be at Lake City on Thursday.

“It’s nice to win dual meets but we’re trying to prepare them to be competitive by regionals,” Michell said. “We’re moving kids around and trying to see what we want to enter them in at regionals so they’ll have the best opportunity to be successful.”


The Evart boys defeated Montabella 103-34 in non-league dual action at Montabella on Thursday. The girls enjoyed a 72-60 victory.

Taking first place for the boys were David Zinger at 4:52 in the 1,600-meter run and 10:31 in the 3,200-meter run, Andrew French in the 110-meter hurdles in 18.17 seconds and in the 300 hurdles at 46.88, the 400-meter relay team in 47.88, Ricky Miller in the pole vault with a personal best of 12 feet, the 3,200-meter relay team of Alec McKay, Zinger, Newton and Antonio Militello in 3:00.52, Dean Marsh in the shot put at 38-3, Larry Vanburen in the 100-meter dash in 11.9 seconds, McKay in the 400-meter dash in 56.5 seconds and Militello in the 800-meter run in 2:07.

“They had a really good performance,” said Evart coach Jim Crawford. “It’s a good group of kids to work with.”


Pine River’s girls track team had a successful meet Thursday at the Beal City Invitational. Members of the host school shoveled snow off the track to allow performers to compete. Pine River coach Dick Dietrick said snow that was surrounding the track eventually melted as the day went on.

Benzie Central won the girls meet while Pine River was second. Devyn Powell won the 400 in 1:00.15. “For a freshman, she’s doing a great job for us,” Dietrick said.

Haley Russell threw the shot 37-11 for first and also won the discus at 112-3. Myriah Holmes won the pole vault at 7-6.

The Bucks also got second places. The 1,600-meter relay squad consisted of Tara Thompson, Michelle Kelsey, Erin Koetje and Powell while Sheena Vokes, Holmes, Zee Mored and Koetje were in the 800 relay, which clocked a 1:55.94. Kelsey was second in the high jump with an effort of 4-9.