Reed City track teams look ahead with more numbers

Coyote Track: Jon Green is among the Reed City boys track performers who returns next season. (Herald Review/John Raffel)
Coyote Track: Jon Green is among the Reed City boys track performers who returns next season. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Another memorable Reed City track season has hit the books and this spring it featured the final performance in a Coyote uniform of senior Sami Michell, who won four state events for the second straight season.

Michell, who will now be running track at Michigan, scored 40 points by herself, and took the second place team trophy.

But the Reed City Coyotes were encouraged with numbers and accomplishments this season. The boys team, while not scoring any points at the state meet, still had a strong effort in the Central State Activities Association and sent qualifiers onto the state finals.

Meanwhile, the girls numbers grew, giving additional hope of more team scoring for Reed City in the future.

Brent Michell coached the boys track team this season.

“I was pretty happy with them,” Michell said. “We competed real well in the conference. We wanted to put ourselves in a position that we could win it and they did that. I don’t think they quite ran the times we had hoped and they wanted to, but it’s hard to blame the kids and coaches for that when we have the weather pattern we had so badly. It’s tough to cram a full season into three weeks. That’s what happened this year. Track season is so short to begin with, You can’t afford to have that many bad days.

“But we’ve got some strong young sprinters and couple of distance runners that have come a long way If they’re ready to step up and score points for us. I think we’ll score in the field events next year. We’ve got strong throwers coming back and very strong pole vaulters coming back. We’re still looking for high jumpers. I’m pretty excited about next year’s

possibilities.”

Girls numbers were down in past seasons but came up this spring.

“Our young girls really improved throughout the season, “said Reed City girls coach Vikki Michell. “They all kept a positive attitude and worked well together. I’m very excited for what will happen in the next couple of years.”

McKenzie Cornelius led the way in the distances for the Coyotes. Michell anticipates some distance girls may come up from the junior high school.

“We had some throwers that really improved,” Michell said. “They added further and further each time. That’s all you can ask for.”