Pine River boys win home invitational

LEROY — Pine River’s boys  posted a score of 44 to win the 14-team Cecil Burch Pine River Invitational on Saturday. Manton was second at 82.For the Bucks, Ben Rigling was first in 17:59, Chris TerBergh was third in 18:21, Elliot VanDreumel 11th in 18:54, Derek Hartline 12th in 18:56 and Jordan Stone 17th in 19:22.

“The boys ran extremely well,” said Pine River coach Ross Vrieze. “Our top five finished in the top 17. It’s a nice advantage to run at home. You have more fans cheering and it motivates them to run hard.”

Reed City was 13th, led by Kris Kellogg, 20th in 19:29, Drake Walker, 22nd in 19:38, Matt McGahey, 25th in 19:42 and Zack Borst, 72nd in 24:25.

“I think the weather helped,” Kellogg said. “It’s my favorite running weather. I felt pretty good the whole way.”

Kellogg said he’s been chopping off about three or four seconds every meet.

“I think it was really competitive,” he said. “It’s nice and tight around the whole course.”

It’s his second year of cross.

“I’ve improved a lot,” He said. “It definitey feels a lot better when I run.”

Pine River was third in the 14-team girls race. Manton won with 47, followed by Lake Leelanau St. Mary with 79 and Pine River with 85.

Devyn Powell of Pine River was meet medalist with a time of 20:51.

“I came into the race ready to run because I knew it would be my last time ever running here as a racer and student,” Powell said. “It was wet and muddy and kind of a slower course because it is so curvy. We only made slight alterations to it. But nothing like major that would change the way people would run it.”

Powell pulled away at the end to post the victory.

Cheyanna Rizor was 11th in 22:52, Holly Bailor 23rd in 23:39,  Alyssa Geer 28th in 23:44, and Julia Lucas 35th in 24:46.

“I think overall we had a strong meet,” Powell said. “It helped being a home meet and we wanted to perform for everybody who was here. It was also in honor of (former coach) Mr. Burch.

Reed City took 13th place. Lindsey Greer was 26th in 23:42, Joelynn Gamble-Brown 39th in 25:04, Lindsey Kienitz 49th in 26:38 and Shawana Riley 75th in 34:04.