Reed City track coach reflects on another solid season

REED CITY — Area track teams have ended their season with many memorable highlights accomplished at the state meet on June 4.

But for coach Brent Michell, the veteran coach at Reed City, it may have been one of his team’s most memorable days at Comstock Park despite many accomplishments not showing up in the record book.

Nathan Fasbender, the defending pole vault state champ, actually improved in his clearance from 2015 when he won at 14-0 in a steady rain. This year, he was at 14-6, sustained an injury, and came in third. The winning vault was 15-6 by Jacob Battani, of Almont.

“Nathan hurt himself with two other guys left, and had to injury default at 15 feet,” Reed City coach Brent Michell said. “He tried to jump and had a pain in his right hamstring and had to default.”

Fasbender also was on the 4x100 relay team that finished fourth (44.10) and included Andre Jones, Phillip Jones and Schuyler Smith.

“With the exception of Memorial Day, they ran their best time,” Michell said. “They did really well. That’s the best 4x1 relay team I’ve ever taken to the state final. They were seeded seventh and took fourth. They have a lot to be proud of.”

The 4x200 relay team of Phillip Jones, Mykel Dillard, Andre Jones and Smith was ninth (1:32.75). The top eight earn all-state honors.

“They missed eighth place by .02 of a second,” Michell said. “It was discouraging. They ran their best time of the year.”

Brad Marek was only able to run the 110 meter hurdles and placed 20th (16.34).

“He had an accident two days before the finals,” Michell said. “He punctured his foot, so it’s hard to judge anything he did. He was in a lot of pain. We were proud of him showing up and trying to run through the pain. He ended up not running the 300 meter hurdles. He ended his career at the state finals where he wanted to be.”

Smith did not clear 6-1 in the high jump and did not place.

Mykel Dillard placed 19th in the long jump.

“He was way too nervous,” Michell said. “He couldn’t relax and enjoy the moment. He struggled. He jumped almost 19 feet, but needed 20 feet to do what he wanted to do. But it didn’t happen.”

Hanna Price was seventh in the 100 meter hurdles (16.11). She was scratched in the 100 dash in order to focus on the hurdles.

“In the hurdles she ran a good preliminary race and qualified for the final,” Michell said. “She had a great start in the final, then she hit the first hurdle pretty hard with her ankle and that threw her off stride. It’s that final race and you don’t have room for error. She had a great season for us and really improved the last few weeks. She ran some great times. She has a lot to be proud of.”

She was on the 4x100 relay team along with Meghan Borst, Jenelle Straathof and Emily Libey that took 18th (51.98).

“They ran their best time,” Michell said. “We’re checking on the old school record. We have a little more investigating to do on that.

“I tell the kids you have zero control what the other kids can do. All you can do is control what you do. We ran pretty well. It’s not the finishes we were hoping for, but it’s a whole lot to be proud of. We competed well in every race and had some of our best performances of the year.”