Kelsey excited for senior season in high jump

Michelle Kelsey
Michelle Kelsey

LEROY — Michelle Kelsey is in her senior season with Pine River girls track and anxious to score plenty of points this year.

Last spring, Kelsey had a strong season in the high jump.

“I felt more consistent with my jumps and I felt I was fixing a lot of the things I needed to fix,” she said. “I felt really good about how I was jumping.”

Her best jump last season and career best was 5-0 but Kelsey said the spring of 2014 will be her “go-getter year.”

Kelsey makes it very clear she’s not happy with a career best of 5-0.

“Keeping my legs healthy and being smart about my jumps and where I start jumping” will be critical this season, Kelsey indicated.

High jump is her most enjoyable event, followed by the 4x1 and 4x2 relay.

“We lost some pretty fast girls last year,” Kelsey said. “We’re going to have to rebuild. But you have to rebuild every year. Last year I was the anchor (in the relays). But who knows what’s going to happen this year? It really doesn’t matter to me. I just enjoy running.”

Kelsey’s only individual event is the high jump but she indicated that could change.

“I want to expand my horizons this year,” she said. “I don’t just want to be stuck in relays.”

She said that prior to the Central Michigan University relays. She was fifth in the high jump at 4-8 and third in the 200 meters at 28.78 seconds.

The first outdoor meet was set for earlier this week at Coleman. The first home meet is April 14 with Harrison and Farwell.

“We’re going to be tough competitors. We don’t have a big team but that just means we get more individual time,” Kelsey said. “If we work at it and put our minds to it, we can achieve great things.”

The Bucks spent their first three weeks of practices inside. They’re on break this week but Kelsey acknowledged it would help to get outside when the Bucks are back in school.

“Being stuck in these halls is not fun,” Kelsey smiled.