Reed City track teams prepare for action

Brent and Vikki Michell return as the husband-and-wife coaching combination for the Reed City boys and girls track teams, which might have low numbers again, along with plenty of quality.

Last week, Brent Michell was working with about 26 boys.

“But every night, we have more, it’s only the fourth day of practice,” he said on Thursday.

Reed City is scheduled to compete Friday in an indoor meet at Grand Valley.

“That will be our only indoor meet this year,” Michell said, adding that the first outdoor meet will be April 14 at home against Mesick and Evart.

Brian Michell, a senior is expected to be among the team’s top point producers in the pole vault, along with Joe Oehrli in the 800 and 3,200 meters and Eric Reed in the sprints. Eric and Michael Bradford will also be in the sprints. Dakota Gogolowski will be in the shot put and discus.

Reed “was competitive last year as a sophomore,” Michell said. “I think he’ll do very well this year.”

As of late last week, Vikki Michell was working with 10 athletes on the girls side.

But Mitchell is optimistic over her team’s sprinters and Kristen Forman in the distances. Her daughter, Sami Michell, is the returning state champion in the 100 hurdles and runner-up in the 300 hurdles. She’ll be in both hurdles this season and perhaps in other events.

Nicolle Ostrander will return for her fourth season and will see action in the 100, sprint relays and long jump.

“The rest of them are pretty much new,” Michell said.