Reed City track teams get off to strong start

REED CITY — It was a good start to the track season, indoor style, for Reed City on Friday.

The Coyotes competed at the Grand Valley Indoor meet and the girls were led by sophomore Sami Michell with firsts in the long jump at 18 feet, the 400-meter run at 58.4 seconds, the 60-meter hurdles at 9.4 seconds and the 300 hurdles at 45.0 seconds.

For the Reed City boys, Brian Michell won the pole vault in 14-6 while Joe Oehrli was second in the 800-run in 2:08. He was third in the 1,600 meters in 4:34.

“I want to be state champ,” said Michell, a senior, who was third in the state last spring.

Michell and Eric Reed should be among the top point producers for the boys.

The first home meet is April 14 with Evart and Mesick.

Reed is returning in the sprints and Michell in the pole vault.

Reed, who also plays soccer, will be focusing on the 100 and 200 again this year.

His best time in the 100 is 11.4 and he’s looking to get down to 11.0 or 11.1. In the 200, he’s at 23.2 and he’s looking at 22.3 for the school record.

“It’s going to take hard work every day,” he said. “I can’t stop. If you have a chance to stay extra at practice, you stay, you don’t leave early.”

When it comes to sprinting, Reed likes how how he performs shortly after he gets out of the blocks, like around the 30-yard mark

In the sprints, “I think we should be pretty good,” he said. “We have all four guys on both relays returning again this year. We should be pretty strong.”

Michell broke the school record in the pole vault at 15 feet last season and wants to vault over 16 this year.

“I’ve been jumping over the winter sometimes and have been doing well,” he said. “I’ve been flying pretty high. I have to work more on my swing at the end.”

He’s also looking to be in the low 15s for the 110 hurdles and break 40 for the 300 hurdles.

“I have to get quicker over the hurdles,” he said. “The lows are a lot easier, but I I’m pretty good in the highs and have gotten better every year in the lows.”

For his fourth event, Michell anticipates being in a relay.

Among the top performers for the girls will be Nicolle Ostrander, a senior.

She’s in her fourth year of track. She’s anticipating being in the 100, sprint relay and long jump this season.

Last season, Ostrander was second-team all-Central State Activities Association in the 100-meter dash. Her best time was 13.0. “I’m hoping I get first-team all conference and maybe under 13 a little bit,” she said. “I pick up top speed really quick.”

Ostrander is hoping relays will also be a strong event.