Sami Michell wins four regional events to advance to state meet
REED CITY — Sami Michell will again be competing for Reed City at the track state finals in four events this season.
Michell won four regional titles Friday in the Division 3 regionals at Scottville-Mason County Central. She will advance to the state finals June 4 at Comstock Park where she competed in four events last season, winning the 100-meter hurdles.
Reed City scored 49 points to finish sixth among the 15 teams.
Michell won the long jump in 16-11.5, the 100 hurdles in 14.34, the 300 low hurdles in 44.04 and the 200-meter dash in 25.82 seconds.
Along with Michell, also going to the state finals for Reed City is Kristin Forman, who was third in the 800 meters in 2:27.96.
Michell had been in other sprint races during the regular season.
“We finally came to a decision that works best for her with the timing of her other races,” Reed City coach Brent Michell said. “She’s a lot stronger this year than she was last year. We decided we would stick with it.”
Nicolle Ostrander was seventh in the 100-meter dash in 13.78 seconds. The 400-meter relay foursome Katie Nicklas, Triston Rogers, Amanda Davidson and Ostrander was eighth in 56.21.
The Reed City boys were ninth. Brian Michell qualified for the state finals by finishing second in the pole vault at 15-0. Isaac Austin of Kent City took first.
Oehrli was third in the 800-meter run in 1:59.9 to qualify for the state finals.
The 400-meter relay team of Michell, Michael Bradford, Eric Bradford and Eric Reed was fifth in 46.48. Michell was sixth in 42.77 and Reed eighth in 43.13 seconds in the 300 hurdles.
The 1,600-meter relay foursome of Reed, Michael and Eric Bradford and Oehrli was fourth in 3:32.02 to qualify for state.
Jacob Vincent was eighth in the discus at 120-2.
“I thought everybody did well,” said Brent Michell. “Brian obviously wanted to win but he jumped well. He lost on misses. The top two jumpers in the state were in our regional. One of them has to lose. The next time, we hope it goes the other way.”
The Pine River boys were seventh at the regionals Friday at MCC.
Ross Raymond won the shot put at 51-7.5 while Takahiro Turmo was fifth in 42-9.5.
Raymond threw the discus 125-3 for fourth place. Abel Langworthy was fourth in the pole vault at 13-0.
Tavon Walker was third in the 400-meter dash in 51.75 and fourth in the 200-meter dash in 23.27.
The 3,200-meter relay foursome of Ethan Whitley, Robert Bowman, Brandon Ackerberg and Dakota Wieczorek was eighth in 9:30.
Pine River was fifth in 1:37.7 with the foursome of Kyle Brasseur, Caleb Whitley, Austin Cole and Walker.
Austin Cole was seventh in the 100-meter dash in 12.35. Whitley was eighth in the 800-meter run in 2:08.55.
The 1,600-meter relay team of Quint Mitchell, Walker, Caleb Whitley and Bowman was seventh in 3:38.33.
Pine Rivers girls were fourth at the regionals.
Devyn Powell was first in the 400 dash in 1:00.08. Haley Russell was first in the discus at 110-1 and second in the shot put at 35-5 while Beth Wickens was seventh at 91-1. Michelle Kelsey cleared 4-9 in the high jump for fourth. Myriah Holmes was second at 8-10 and Tara Thomson fifth in the pole vault at 8-4.
The 3,200-meter relay team of Gabie Gilbert, Rachel Hartline, Megan Kleppinger and Raenne Peterson was eighth in 12:14. the foursome of Sheena Vokes, Michelle Kelsey, Erin Koetje and Zee Mored was eighth in 1:59.89. The group of Vokes, Holmes, Moored and Kelsey was sixth in the 400-meter relay in 53.96. The foursome of Shelby David, Kelsey, Koetje and Powell was sixth in 4:26.03.
For the state finals at Comstock Park, Holmes in the pole vault, Powell in the 400 and Russell in the throws have qualified for the girls. The Bucks will be sending, for the boys, Langworthy in the pole vault and Raymond in the shot put, plus Walter in the 100 and 200.
“We’re happy with what we did,” said Pine River girls coach Dick Dietrick.