Holmes ready for state finals run
LEROY – Trevor Holmes has one more race to run as a Pine River cross country athlete.
The Bucks senior qualified for Saturday’s state finals at the Michigan International Speedway by virtue of his performance at Saturday’s Division 3 regionals, hosted by Benzie Central.
Holmes placed fourth with a clocking of 16:01.
“I was pretty happy, but I would have liked to have gotten in the 15s,” he said, adding that a top 10 finish and getting in the 15s would be a goal for Saturday’s meet. He indicated he’s been happy with his season.
Holmes was at the state meet last season and took 50th. The top 30 runners get all-state acclaim.
Coach Ross Vrieze noted that all seven Pine River boy runners set personal records for a combined team improvement of three minutes and 22 seconds faster than their earlier personal records. Ben Rigling, Chris Terbergh and Elliot VanDrummel ran in the 17s for their very first time.
Craig Schaefer ran a 17:36 for 31st, Rigling 37th in 17:46th, Terburgh 41st in 17:52, VanDrummel 42nd in 17:54, Derek Hartline 18:30 for 59th and Tony Moore 60th in 18:31
Holmes will be making his second straight appearance at state.
“I think he has a chance of making all-state,” Vrieze said. “He’s not one to set goals. He shows up and whatever happens, happens.”
It will help, Holmes acknowledged to have had some experience with the course.
It will be his final high school cross country race.
“I’ll do whatever it takes to get my best time and be in the top 30,” Holmes said.
The Pine River girls were eighth in the race.
Devyn Powell was 21st for the girls in 20:28 while Rachel Hartline was 29th in 21;46, Jasmine Blackrick 42nd in 22:25, Erica Loop, 51st in 22:51, Alyssa Geer 56th in 23:49, Suzanna Johnson 70th in 25:00 and Zee Moored-Orange 76th in 25:42.
Hartline, Blackrick and Geer all ran personal best times. Loop and Johnson were within seconds of their personal best times.
“Devyn and Zee fought illness and injury to finish within a minute of their personal best times,” Vrieze said. “It was great to see the growth and improvement throughout the last few months.”