Trio sets the pace for Pine River girls track

LEROY — Pine River’s girls track team is getting ready to make its debut this week with three performers — junior Myriah Holmes, and sophomores Michelle Kelsey and Devyn Powell — ready to deliver a fair amount of points for the Bucks’ attack.

Pine River returned from break this week and made its debut on Tuesday (April 10) with action at Harrison. The next meet is Saturday at the Morley Stanwood Invitational.

Holmes went to state in the pole vault last season. She was also on the 400-meter relay team and is expected to be a point producer.

She vaulted 9-feet last year but wasn’t able to get in the top eight at state.

“I want to get 10 (feet),” Holmes said. “I’m going to have to work hard.”

The second best event would be the 400-relay for Holmes.

“Hopefully, we’ll make it to state in that,” she said.

Kelsey, a sophomore, will specialize in the relay and high jump. Her best clearance in the jump was 4-11 last year and the school record of 5-3 could be within her reach.

“I need to do more vertical workouts,” said Kelsey, who is looking forward to various relays, especially the 400-meter relay. As far as being the first leg, “I love it,” she said. “I think we can place at some really big meets.”

Powell was fourth in the Division 3 state finals last season in the 400-meter run in 59.03 seconds. She’ll run that again plus some relays.

“This year, I’ve added the 800 to that,” said Powell.

She’s hoping to make a move in the 400-meter event this season.

“This year, I want to be in the 58s and go down in the 57s,” she said.

In the Highland Conference, Holmes is expecting Beal City and Manton to be among the teams to beat this season.