Sami Michell pushes Reed City to 3rd-place finish with trio of wins

COMSTOCK PARK — Sami Michell couldn’t have been happier after competing in the Division 3 state track and field meet on Saturday.

Actually, winning her final event, the 200-meter dash and going four-for-four in state title bids, might have made her a tad happier. But Michell had plenty of reasons to smile after winning the 100- and 300-meter hurdles with state record setting performances in each and taking a third title in the long jump at Comstock Park.

The Coyote sophomore was second in the 200-meter dash later in the day.

“I’m happy with it,” Michell said of her day, adding that the 200 “was really close. It wasn’t even by a tenth of a second.”

Michell scored all 38 points for Reed City to tie Onsted for third place in the team standings. Benzie Central was first with 54 and Frankenmuth second with 53.

Michell’s brother Brian, took second place in the pole vault at 15-9 finishing second to his rival, Isaac Austin of Kent City, who cleared 16-0 for a new meet record.

Sami Michell successfully defended her 100-meter title by going 14.07 in that event to beat the old record of 14.36. Megan Strachota of Chesaning was a distance second from Michell in 15.12.

Michell took second in the 300-meter hurdles last season but wasn’t to be denied with a 43.83 clip for a new meet record this season. She went 17-6.5 in the long jump and beat second place Kelly VanDeusen from Elk Rapids who went 16-10.

“I jumped 18-1½ on Monday so it wasn’t my best (on Saturday) but it was good and it was enough to win and that’s what’s important,” Michell said.

In her bid for a fourth title, Michell went 26.30 seconds in the 200-meter dash in a race that was close at the wire. Angie Ritter of Frankenmuth, won it in 26.25. Ritter was also first in the 400-meter dash.

But Michell already has her sights set on the 2012 state meet. Ritter, however, is only a freshman and is likely to be facing Michell again in the 200.

“It’d be nice to win four events and get the state record in the long jump and the hurdles again,” Michell said.

Conditions throughout the long day were hot and humid.

“I was definitely tired by the 200,” Michell said. “I was pretty excited by the 100 hurdles because I broke the state record. I was happy by that.”

Last season, Michell and the 300-meter hurdles champ both broke that record.

“I was really happy, it wasn’t my best time this year but I think with the heat and all the other events I was happy,” she said.

In the boys, Brian Michell cleared 15-9 on his first try in the pole vault while Austin missed his first two, Austin came back to clear 15-9 and also cleared 16-0. Michell couldn’t get over 16-0 and settled for second.

“At 16, I didn’t jump very good,” said Michell who had cleared 16 feet earlier in the week. “I’m upset right now. I wanted to win it. I didn’t jump my best.”

Joe Oehrli was third in the 800-meter run in 1:55.85 for Reed City.

It was Oehrli’s first year of going to the state finals in track.

“I ran my best by three seconds,” he said. “(The top two runners) were two seconds ahead of me. My best part of the race was my third 200 going down the backstretch.”