Anderson held back a bit on the first lap, made one move over the first 100 meters of the second lap and made his final kick over the final 100 or so meters.
Even though there was a cold, steady rain falling much of the night, he said it wasn’t that bad getting ready for one of the later races in the event.
“It’s all about preparation, staying warm at camp until it’s your time to warm up,” he said.
Nick Kennicker earned a trip to state for Northeast with a second-place finish in a close 400-meter hurdle race. Michels won in 57.03 seconds, with Kennicker (57.78) and West Branch’s Matt Shawver (57.88) close behind.
“With the weather, it was good make sure it I had secured it tonight,” Kennicker said of earning the top-two finish that brings automatic qualification to state, rather than waiting to see if his time was fast enough for one of the eight at-large berths. “It guarantees another day on the track.”