Reed City track team in second week of practice

REED CITY —  Reed City track coach Brent Michell is working with around 30 boys and around 16 girls on his two teams entering practices this week.

Spring sports practices started on March 13. Spring break starts this week and there will be no meets until next month for the Coyotes.

Comfortable weather allowed the Coyotes to be on the track for practices Monday.

The numbers could grow as the practice season continues.

“We have three of the four girls back who were on the state qualifying 4x1 relay team,” Michell said, referring to Janelle Straathoff, Emily Libey and Meghan Borst. “We have a couple of other girls, one who ran with them most of the year on that playoff team, a pretty good athlete, Carmen Guy. We may have some other options there too.

“Our girls have some ability and some relays maybe. It’s just so early to tell. We’re really, really young. It’s hard to know where we’re at.”

Michell continues to work on his boys lineup.

“We have some ninth-grade boys who ran successfully in eighth grade, but it’s an entirely different animal from what they’re up against this year,” Michell said. “They will be good. It will be interesting to see how much they improve.”

The season starts April 4 at Manton. The Central State Activities Association Gold Division meet is May 8 at Chippewa Hills.

A new track will be available next spring. Construction on it will start soon, Michell said. Reed City hasn’t had a home meet in four years.