Evart, Pine River teams get trophies at Mohawks Relays

MORLEY — It was a Saturday afternoon for track and field athletes to show how important teamwork is during the Mohawk Relays at Morley Stanwood.

All events were scored on a combination of athletes from each team. Chippewa Hills took first place for girls in Division I and second place for boys.

In Division 2, Pine River took the honors with 98 points for the girls while Morley Stanwood was second with 90 and Evart fourth with 79 in the seven-team battle. For the boys, Clare was first at 85, Evart second at 75, Morley Stanwood third at 74 and Pine River sixth at 46.

For all teams, Chippewa Hills was first for the girls at 111 points and Pine River second at 72. Whitehall was the top boys team at 72 with Chippewa hills at 59 for second.

In Division 2 for the girls, Pine River won the long jump with Devyn Powell and and Jasmine Blackrick at 29-3 1/2, and the shot put with Mary Ware and Robyn Peppey at 56-0. The same two girls combined to take second in the discus in 175-8. The Bucks also won the 400 and 800 relays.

“We had a hard week of practice,” Powell said “I was feeling tired and my legs were heavy. l could tell our workouts have been working. We all improved our times. It turned out to be a really good day for me and our team.”

Pine River coach Jan Burch noted that getting a trophy was a pleasant surprise of sorts for the Bucks.

Evart won the shuttle hurdle relay in 1:20.84 and the Mohawk medley in 3:19.89.7.

“We did very well in the high jump with Jessica (Tea) and Mara (VanOrder),” said Evart girls coach Ken Willems, referring to a second-place effort of 9-8. “The girls competed very well. I was pleased at that.”

Evart boys got firsts from Dillon Danley and Cody Pritchard in the long jump at 35-4 1/2 and Dean Marsh and Larry VanBuren in the shot put at 85-11 1/2.

“I thought our young kids got a chance to race finally,” said Evart boys coach Dennis Peacock, “The weather has been so horrible. We have a big group of younger kids. It was nice to have them experience a real race and not run in a parking lot.”

The Wildcats also won the 400-meter relay.

“This is the first time we’ve had a chance to run,” Peacock said. “I thought our kids did really well.”

Cole Gingrich and Colton Rawson won the pole vault at 22-6 for Pine River.

On Tuesday, Pine River was at Beal City and Evart and Lake City at McBain.

“Last year, it came down to us and Lake City,” Peacock said. “That should be a good meet.”