Reed City track teams eager to start season

REED CITY – Reed City’s track team, like other spring sports squads, is taking advantage of the seasonable weather and is hopeful warmer weather will help them get off to a strong start his season.

Boys coach Brent Michell and his wife, Vikki Michell, the girls skipper, started practices this week and are getting ready for upcoming action. Leading the way will be their daughter Sami Michell, the three-event state champion as a sophomore, who is hoping to accomplish even more things as a junior.

On opening day the track athletes stayed inside because of the rain.

“We’ve been out every day since,” Brent Michell said. “It’s been beautiful weather. This is really nice. It puts us even with the other schools for once, which is really nice. It’s way ahead of our game.”

Michell said the pole vaulters, long jumpers and high jumpers especially benefit from have good, warm weather.

“Our jumpers especially benefit from this,” Michell said. “We usually go to a meet with one or two pretend practices in the pole vault. This year, we’ve already had two quality practices. Hurdling, we started that this week. We’re pretty excited.”

Next Friday, Reed City runs at a Grand Valley indoor meet. Weather-permitting, Reed City will host a four-team quad meet with Lake City, McBain and Mesick on March 27.

For the boys, Eric Reed, plus twin brothers Michael and Eric Bradford return in the sprints and the 1,600-meter relay. Joe Oehrli is back in the 800-meter run and 1,600-meter run.

“Joe could run everything,” Michell said. “He wouldn’t even be embarrassed in the 200. He’s a good runner.”

Ridge Saladin returns in the throws. Eric and Kyle Voelker will vie for points in the pole vault.

“We’re still putting the team together so it’s hard to exactly tell who we’ll have,” Michell said.