Freshman expects to score plenty of points for Bucks track team

LEROY — Devyn Powell qualified for Pine River in the cross country state finals as a freshman and wouldn’t mind enjoying similar success in the outdoor track season this spring.

Powell and the Bucks were scheduled for a home meet Wednesday of this week, weather permitting. This weekend, the Bucks will run at the St. Louis Relays.

This season, Powell anticipates running the 200, 400, the 800-meter relay and perhaps the 800 meter run. She’s figuring the 400 will be her best event.

“Last year I got a minute flat (at the junior high level), so I’m hoping to be able to break that,” Powell said. “It will take quite a bit of work.”

She has a good finish in the 400 and Powell said she’s focusing on her endurance level. She’s expecting help in producing points in her events.

“We’re such a young team that it’s going to be hard, but I think we do have the skill,” Powell said.

Getting outdoors will be critical, but Powell said she’s been able to get in some work.

Sheena Vokes is a junior for the Bucks in the 4 by 1, 4 by 2, 100 and 200.

“Both of my relay teams got to go to state, and that was my first year so that was pretty encouraging,” she said. “We got sixth in both of them.”

Vokes was the third leg in the 800-meter relay and fourth in the 400. She’ll run both relays this year.

“We have none of the same people,” she said, adding that being anchor “is a lot of pressure, but I like the feeling of helping my team, especially if we’re behind.”

In the 100, Vokes’ best time last season was a 12.6 and she’s looking for a 12.5 this season. Accelerating during her sprint has been a strength, Vokes said.

In the sprints, “it’s going to be average for us,” she said. “We have some distances and we have some sprinters. We’re very young this year. I’m looking forward to seeing how we come together.”

Vokes expects Beal City and Manton will be the toughest Highland Conference teams.