Sami Michell takes Pioneer Athlete of Meet honor fourth season

Four time winner: SamiMichell gives it her best shot at the Pioneer meet in the pole vault. (Herald Review/Martin Slagter)
Four time winner: SamiMichell gives it her best shot at the Pioneer meet in the pole vault. (Herald Review/Martin Slagter)

BIG RAPIDS — Sami Michell doesn’t remember her performance as a freshman in the Pioneer Track and Field Championships. That tends to happen when you’ve won as much as the Reed City senior has over the past four years.

Friday’s 28th Pioneer Track and Field Championships were Michell’s last as a high school athlete, as the reigning four-time state champion dominated the meet with four first place finishes in winning female Athlete of the Meet for the fourth straight year. Michell took first in the 100 hurdles (14.52), 300 hurdles (54.1), long jump (17-3.75) and the 200 meter dash (25.95) after winning four regional titles last weekend. “It’s pretty cool,” Michell said. “These are the best athletes in the area. It’s hard to come here and run well every year, so I’m pretty happy with that.” Michell will look to defend her state title in all four events she participates in. Michell said Friday’s all-star meet was a nice tune-up for the major competition she’ll see at Comstock park. “I was hoping to get some PRs,” she said of Friday’s performance. “I didn’t have any and I fell in the warm-ups for the 100 hurdles which took a little out of me, but I still ran pretty well there. I was happy with my performances.” Michell’s coach and mother, Vikki, said it’s hard to believe it is her daughter’s fourth and final Pioneer meet. “Starting out so strong as a freshman and then working so hard to improve and to do so well at these invitational meets is just amazing,” he said. “She likes to come to this, but she’s always about getting focused for the state meet.”  
ATHLETES WHO PLACED AT PIONEER MEET LAST FRIDAY
BOYS Shot put:5-Jon Green, RC, 41-4. Discus: 6-Jon Green, RC, 116-9 7 /8. Long jump: 2-Michael Bradford, RC, 19-3 3/4; 3-Eric Bradford, RC, 19 -2 ¬º; 3,200-meter relay: 3-Reed City, 9:09.27. 100-meter dash: 4-Jon Green, RC, 11.52. 800-meter relay: 3-Reed City. 400-meter relay: 4-Reed City, 46.32. 1,600-meter run: 3-Chad Zagacki, RC, 4:41.87. 400-meter dash: 2-Michael Bradford, RC, 53.3 3,200-meter run: 2-Chad Zagacki, RC, 10:07.66.   GIRLS Long jump: 1-Sami Michell, RC, 17-3. Discus: 5- Kaitlyn Parson, E, 87-5; 6-Kirstin, Parsons, E, 85-0. Shot put:3-Kirstin Parsons, E, 32-6. High jump: 1-Jessica Tea-hui, E, 5-0; 4-Mara VanOrder, E, 4-8. 100-meter hurdles: 1-Sami Michell, RC, 14.52; 2-Tabitha Turley, E, 16.74 1:53.76. 400 dash: 1-Mara VanOrder, E, 1:04.77. 300 hurdles: 1-Samantha Michell, RC, 54.10. 200-meter dash: 1-Sami Michell, RC, 25.95; 3-Jessica Tea-hui, E, 27.47.   SCHOOLS: Evart, E; Reed City, RC.