Gingrich takes sixth in state pole vault event

LEROY — Cole Gingrich did more than his job to help the Pine River Bucks win the Highland Conference track title this season.

In the Highland Conference meet on May 19, which the Bucks won, Gingrich was first in the pole vault (11-6), first in the 100 (12.02), and second in the 200 (24.24).

Gingrich and other athletes had to face cold weather at the league meet with temperatures in the low 40s.

“The cold affected the times greatly,” Gingrich said. ‘“Normally I ran an 11.7 in the 100 and I ran a (12.02).”

It’s his senior season, but being Highland Conference champs was a major highlight.

“It’s been good teamwork and being able to push yourself through this cold awful weather,” Gingrich said. “We had a lot of depth, lot of practice and hard work we put into it.”

The Bucks didn’t necessarily come into the season as Highland Conference favorites, but quickly established themselves as the team to beat.

Gingrich has had four varsity track seasons and this has been his best.

He broke the school record in the pole vault (14-0), his best event.

“I’ve been practicing at it since I started track in the seventh grade and put many, many hours into it,” Gingrich said. “The form is very key. It’s the way you run with the pole and the form going all the way into it.”

His second best event has been the 100 with a best time of 11.55.

“I’ve have not improved yet in the 100,” he said. “It’s been cold.”

He’s went to the state finals in the pole vault for the first time and took sixth place at 13-0

“I need to put in hard work and be confident,” Gingrich said.