Langworthy leads Bucks to own invitational title

LEROY — The best way Pine River’s Abel Langworthy can describe the fall from nearly 14-feet in the air to the pole vault mat is “flying through the air.”

Those words also could be used to how he was able to win the 100-meter dash at the Pine River Invitational on Saturday. The senior took first in both events and helped the Bucks win the invitational with 112 points. Ludington was second with 103 points and Evart was third with 98 points.

In the girls event, Kent City took the top spot with 117 points. Pine River was third overall with 98.5 points, while Evart was sixth with 43 points.

Langworthy was able to clear 13-feet, 6-inches in the pole vault to take the top spot — but not before taking three cracks at the school record of 13-9. He was happy with taking first, but disappointed in not getting the record.

“I took first and that’s cool, that made up for (not breaking the record),” Langworthy said. “But it was a bummer because this was my second time this year at trying to break the record and I don’t know how many more times I’ll get.”

Standing just 5-5, Langworthy more than doubles his height in the pole vault.

“It’s like I’m flying through the air, it is the most amazing feeling in the world,” he said.

Evart boys coach Jim Crawford watched his team try its best during the afternoon despite competing at the Lake City Invitational just one day prior. He said he could tell his squad was tired just by watching his distance runners.

“When they are struggling, you know they are tired,” Crawford said. “Those guys will do anything to win. I’m just looking for good efforts from everyone.”

The Pine River girls team was able to place third due to strong performances such as Devyn Powell in the 400 dash, who set a new meet record with a time of 59.4. Powell also set a meet record in the 200 dash, clocking a 26.1 in the event.

Mariah Holmes took first in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.1 — a new personal best.

“My goal was to set a new personal best,” Holmes said.

Holmes has already began looking toward the end of the season. The junior wants to head to the state final in the pole vault, an event she tied for second on Saturday.

“The qualifying mark is 8-9 and I’ve already gone 9-3, so if I do my best, I should be able to go,” she said.

Pine River Invitational

Boys

1. Pine River 112; 2. Ludington 103; 3. Evart 98; 4. Kent City 94; 5. Farwell 77; 6. Kalkaska 20; 7. Hesperia 19; 8. McBain Northern Michigan Christian 2.

Pine River: 1. Pole vault - Abel Langworthy 13-6; 100 dash - Abel Langworthy 11.8, 3. Quinton Mitchell 11.9; 300 hurdles - Devin Ecker 43.3 2. Shot put - John Lenz 46-1.25; Long jump - Joe Miller 17-10.25; 110 hurdles - Dustin Ecker 15.9; 400 dash - Devin Wing 54.1 3. 400 relay (Austin Cole, Abel Langowrthy, Quinton Mitchell, Kyle Brasseur) 46.2; 800 run - Ethan Whitley 2:09.3; 1,600 relay (Abel Langworthy, Quinton Mitchell, Devin Wing, Joe Miller) 3:43.1.

Evart 1. 3,200 run - David Zinger 10:00, 3. Max Hodges 10:29. 2. Shot put - Dean Marsh 42-5; High jump - Andrew French 5-8, 3. Nate Struble 5-6. 3. Discus - Cody Bullock 114-11; Long jump - Brady Hasse 17-8.5; 3,200 relay (Logan Hammer, Jesse Lang, Antonio Militello, David Zinger) 8:45; 1,600 run - David Zinger 4:42; 200 dash - Nate Struble.

Girls

1. Kent City 117; 2. Ludington 100; 3. Pine River 98.5; 4. Hesperia 62; 5. McBain Northern Michigan Christian 46; 6. Evart 43; 7. Farwell 38.5; 8. Kalkaska 20.

Pine River 1. 100 hurdles - Mariah Holmes 17.1, 2. Angela Nicholson 17.8; 800 relay - 1:52.4; 400 dash - Devyn Powell 59.4; 200 dash - Devyn Powell 26.1. 2. Long jump - Jasmine Blackrick 14-5.25; Pole vault - Mariah Holmes 8-6; 100 dash - Zee Moored 14.0, 3. Jasmine Blackrick 14.

Evart 1. High jump - Jessica Tea-Hui 4-10; Pole vault - Alexis Pylman 9-0; 2. 400 relay (Tabitha Turley, Jessica Tea-Hui, Cynthia Brown, Katelyne VanMourik) 56.0