Pine River girl hurdler, sprinter set for strong season

Shiloh Ruppert
Shiloh Ruppert

LEROY — Shiloh Ruppert had a strong season as a freshman for Pine River’s track team. She’s hoping for more of the same as a sophomore

Ruppert is a hurdler and sprinter for the Bucks. Her hurdles and 200-meter dash were her best events.

“They’re all kind of equal,” she said.

In the Central Michigan University indoor meet recently, Ruppert took third in the 60-yard hurdles in 10.94.

This season in the outdoor events, Ruppert is looking to be a state qualifier in the hurdles. The 100 hurdles appear to be her best event.

“My steps and my speed” are the key for her in the hurdles, Ruppert indicated.

She’s looking for mid 20s in the 200-meter dash.

“I’m really good at starting,” she said. “I stay strong all the way.”

Ruppert said she’s been able to get in quality track time despite the weather which will keep athletes indoors for awhile.

“I’ve been practicing a lot after school,” she said, adding that by May, she’ll be able to determine how much progress she’s made.

Ruppert is confident her team can be strong in the hurdles and distances.

“I think the team is pretty strong,” she said. “We push each other.”

The weather is likely to keep the Bucks inside for a while. They are on break this week and have an outdoor meet set for April 8 at Coleman. The first home meet is April 14 with Harrison and Farwell. The Pine River All-Sports Invitational is May 3. The conference meet is May 20 at McBain for the Highland. The regionals are May 16 at Clare.