Reed City track coach impressed with team’s effort

REED CITY— The spring sports season will become a memory for area athletes, but the 2014 track campaign was a pleasant memory for Reed City.

The season officially ended May 31 at the Division 3 state finals in Comstock Park. Reed CIty had various athletes qualify for state including sophomore Nate Fasbender, who was fifth in the pole vault.

Like for many area athletes, it was a short spring in most respects because of the cold, wet weather for much of April and some of May.

“We did just about everything we thought we could do,” coach Brent Michell said. “We thought we could win the conference (for boys), and with a little bit of luck we might have done it. We fell a little short. We thought Jon Green might qualify in the 100. He missed it by a hundredth’s of a second. We were in a tough regional.

“Our relay teams did really well. We’re pretty excited about that. Our 4x1 was (close) to a school record and they’re all coming back. We’re excited about what the future holds for our teams.”

The girls team was without four-year state champion Sami Mitchell, now at the University Michigan. But the team enjoyed impressive numbers this spring with the girls.

“They’re young and they’ll be coming back,” said Brent Michell. “Each of them improved a lot in individual events. We’re excited on what could happen next year and in the future.”

Chad Samuels, a senior in his first track season, was a valuable asset for Reed City in the relays.

“He was only here one year but really caught on to things quickly and was a valuable asset to our program,” Michell said. “He high jumped, he long jumped, he ran the sprints for us. Drake Walker, in the distances, was valuable to us and was our best distance runner. We’ll have some rebuilding to do there.”