Former Pine River track standout focusing on redshirt sophomore season

LEROY – Devyn Powell had a disappointing 2015-16 track season at Saginaw Valley State University because of injury.

But the former Pine River track athlete is all the more determined to come back in championship former for the Cardinals during the 2016-17 season.

Powell redshirted the past season when she would have been a sophomore, from injury after making it through three outdoor races.

“It was in preseason,” she said, adding that with the ailment she had, “the tendons in your feet become extremely tight, pretty much so you can’t run and sometime you can’t even walk on them.”

The ailment was in both feet.

“That’s a new one for me,” Powell, who has battled other various injuries during her athletic career at Pine River

Powell now has three years of eligibility.

“I feel pretty good lately,” she said. “I’ve taken some time off. I’m hoping this year goes well.”

Powell was the Division 3 state champion in the 400 meter dash in 2012 for Pine River. She earned varsity letters in track and field, cross country and basketball and was selected Academic All-State and valedictorian. She played a key role on teams that were almost every season contenders in the Highland Conference.

Powell graduated in 2014 and made her commitment to college track at SVSU. She’s majoring in occupational therapy.

She runs both indoor and outdoor track at Saginaw Valley. Her events are scheduled to be the 200 and 400 dashes and the 4x400 relay.

“I would like to get in the 56 (seconds) for 400 and the 25s for the 200,” Powell said, adding that the key to having success in those events won’t necessarily focus on just one aspect of her running. “It’s the whole thing.”