Reed City track teams open Thursday at indoor meet

REED CITY — Track teams started practices last week and several in the area will have a chance to test their skills Thursday at Saginaw Valley State University’s annual indoor spring meet.

Big Rapids, Chippewa Hills, Evart and Reed City were among the area teams slated to be at the Saginaw Valley meet. Chippewa Hills, Morley Stanwood and Pine River was among the area schools scheduled to be at the Central Michigan Indoor meet on Wednesday.

Brent Michell returns as coach for both Reed City’s boys and girls teams. He said on Monday he has about 26 boys and 18 girls, but is expecting more to come out to practices later.

“We accept them at the end of the week after spring break, April 15,” Michell said.

Reed City is also scheduled to have an outdoor meet on March 29 at Manton. The first meet after spring break is scheduled for April 15 at the Newaygo Invitational.

The boys team is led by defending pole vault state champion Nathan Fasbender, a senior. Andre Jones returns in the relays.

“We graduated a lot of throwers last year, three boys in the throws,” Michell said. “We’re pretty young in the throws.”

Michell is looking for points from seniors Taylor Pelton and Schuyler Smith, who are new to the track team.

“Taylor wants to do some sprinting and we want him to throw for us,” Michell said. “He may end up doing some relays.”

Several key girls are back including state qualifier Hanna Price in the relays and hurdles.

“All of our girls from last year’s state qualifying relay team are back,” Michell said referring to Price, Keylee Aemisegger, Emily Libey and Carmen Guy in the 4-by-100. “But Keylee had surgery on her foot after basketball season and I don’t know if she’ll be able to run for us.”

Jenelle Straathoff is another runner, who is back from an injury last season. Meghan Borst is set for the high jump and relays. Hannah Boza is a sophomore in the throws.

“She did a nice job last year and is showing good improvement,” Michell said of Boza. “We’re hoping things come through well for her.”

The Central State Activities Association Gold Division meet is May 16 at Central Montcalm.

“Chippewa Hills is always strong,” Michell said. “They get so many kids out and are talented. Newaygo, you just never know about them. They’re like us. Sometimes they have some really good kids and sometimes they have trouble getting kids out.”

Assistant coaches are Brian Koopman, Vikki Mitchell, Don Patterson and Brad Smith.