Sami Michell running track in California
REED CITY — Reed City native Sami Michell is focusing on one more year of track.
But it’s on the west side of the country.
Michell, after three years of track at Michigan, has transferred to California State University Northridge (CSUN) where she’s hoping for a successful senior season.
Michell went to Michigan after state-record breaking success at Reed City. She won 12 state outdoor track titles in her four seasons, including four in each of the last two years. In 2013, as a senior, by winning the long jump, both hurdles and 200 dash, Michell had enough points to single-handedly deliver the state runner-up trophy to her school.
CSUN, an NCAA Division 1 school in the Big West Conference, was slated to start its indoor season this month.
“I’m going to get my master’s here,” she said. “I wanted a change. We’ve been training (for track) since the beginning of the school year.”
Michell red-shirted last spring. She made the move to CSUN, in the Los Angeles area in August. She’s majoring in exercise science and kinesiology.
She’ll be focusing on the 100 and 400 hurdles.
The CSUN head coach, Lawrence Johnson, Michell said, “is one of the best hurdle coaches in the country. He coaches a lot of professionals. They all train here.”
She’s also looking forward to competing in a warmer climate.
“I’d really like to qualify for nationals,” she said, “and have PRs in both my (events).”
As a junior for Michigan in 2016 for the outdoor season, Michell competed in the 100- and 400-meter hurdle prelims at the NCAA East Preliminary Round and clocked 13.87 seconds for 43rd place in the 100 and 59.31 in the 400. She also ran the first leg of the 21st-place 4x400-meter relay team which ran 3:42.95.
Also that year, Michell scored in two events at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships by running a PR 13.41 in the 100-meter hurdle prelims and getting a seventh-place finish in 13.80, and taking eighth in the 400-meter hurdles (58.70).
She won the 400-meter hurdles in a season-best 59.20 while also taking third in the 100-meter hurdles (13.78), and helping U-M on the 4x100-meter relay (46.46) at the Jesse Owens Classic (April 22-23).
During the indoor season as a junior, Michell had a personal-best 8.43 to take 10th in the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles race at the Big Ten Championships, narrowly missing a bid to the finals.
During her sophomore season in 2015, Michell was at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds and ran 13.644 in the 100-meter hurdles and competed in the 4x400m relay (3:41:06).
She also got points in three races at the Big Ten Championships, placing third in the 400-meter hurdles (PR 58.46) and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (13.51) while taking fifth as a part of the 4x400 relay team.
Michell, during her junior indoor season, ran 8.50 in the 60-meter dash at the Big Ten Championships and also competed in the long jump, with a distance of 5.35 meters (17-feet-6.5 inches).
Michell made her collegiate debut at Michigan in 2014. At the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, she placed 15th in the 100-meter hurdles (14.14), 10th in the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.28), 14th in the long jump (18-4) and ran the first leg of the eighth place 4x400-meter relay (3:44.69).
During her freshman indoor season, at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, she finished 25th in the long jump (17-11) and 13th in the 60-meter hurdles (8.62).