Reed City track coaches excited with numbers this year

REED CITY — Numbers seem to be in Reed City’s favor for the upcoming boys and girls track seasons.

Brent Michell is coaching the girls while Vikki Mitchell will be skipper for the boys this season.

“Since we can’t be outside, our sprinters are focusing on developing their speed over short distances,” Brent said. “We’re doing some work from the blocks and the best we can to prepare for Grand Valley (indoor meet this Friday).”

The GV meet has eight to 10 events with all field events except the discus. The running races are the 60 dash, 60 hurdles, the 4 by 300 relay, 4 by 600, 200 and 400 dashes.

“It breaks up the practice schedule,” Vikki Michell said.

“It’s a fun experience,” Brent Michell said. “We try to take as many kids we can. If we have events we think we can score in and kids can be really successful, we’ll put our best kids in there. We try to get as many kids we can.”

As of last week, the Coyotes had 23 girls out and 28 boys.

Hanna Price (hurdles and sprints) Marie Kinsey (sprinter), Alison Schermerhorn (sprinters), Autumn Shoemaker (hurdles), Lizzy Quinn (distances) and Remonda Nashed (throws) return to the lineup.

Getting higher numbers out for track “is kind of exciting,” Brent Michell said. “We haven’t had a chance to see them run, they look promising. We’ve got a lot of points to replace. That’s OK. We’ll do the best we can with the girls that have committed to coming out and working hard. We’re excited about it. If they stick it out for a couple of years, I think we can be really tough.”

Michael and Eric Bradford are among the key boy athletes gone from last season. Top runners include Jon Green in the sprints and shot put and Andre Jones who qualified for the sprints in the state finals last season. Nate Fasbender is back in the pole vault. P.J. Jones, Colin Hatfield and Michael Gilmurray are back in the sprints. Drake Walker is a distance runner. Evan Skiver and Patterson will be in the throws while Adam Kehr will run in the mid-distances.

“We’re very excited,” Vikki Michell said. “We have a good group of experience and younger kids coming in. We’ll be tough this year.”

Spring break is the first full week in April, followed by the start of the CSAA track season.