LEROY – Ellie Rigling has been getting the job done for Pine River’s girls cross country team this season.

It’s her sophomore season and she’s coming off a sold freshman campaign.

“I was really happy with how I did,” she said. “I had a good start to my high school career.”

Her best race was the regionals to end the season.

“I felt I had a good time,” Rigling said.

She also ran indoor track during the winter and had plans for the outdoor season before it was canceled because of COVID-19.

“I ran all through the summer and I got an early start this year,” she said.

Rigling was eighth in the three-team Highland Conference race on Tuesday at home. Her time was 24 minutes, 58 seconds.

Rigling wants to break 21 minutes this season. Her best time has been 21:50.

“I have to continue to work hard,” she said. “I have a good finish. I like to increase in speed in the last mile.”

Rigling is looking to get off to a better start this season.

“The girls team is looking pretty good,” Rigling said. “We’re missing a couple of girls we didn’t have last year. We continue to stick together and work hard together.”

Strong teams in the Highland, Rigling said, will be McBain and Lake City.