LEROY — Devyn Powell took second in the 400-meter dash at the state meet while Mariah Holmes was sixth in the pole vault to highlight Pine River’s girls track 2013 season.

Holmes through the season made tremendous gains,” said coach Dick Dietrick. “I think she went from a 9-4 jumper to a 10-6 in the pole vault. It was a phenomenal year for her. The relays, all year the 4 by 1 and 4 by 200, in both we came within a tenths of a second (from all-state). We were second in the league behind Beal City. I was happy with that. Beal City is very strong .”

Key seniors leaving will be Holmes, plus Eleanor Forbes in the throws.“All of our relay people, except Mariah Holmes, are coming back,” Dietrick said. “We have girls that will take her place. She’s a great athlete but someone will step up and take her spot.”

Powell will come back as a senior. She won the state title in 2012 in the 400 but will try her skills in other events, possibly the pole vault and hurdles.


The Wildcats were strong enough for a third-place finish in the Highland Conference under first -year coach Amanda Langell. Jessica Tea-hui was again strong in the high jump and an all stater.

Kristin and Katilyn Parsons led the Wildcats in the throws, Mara Vanorder and Grace Hamilton were strong in running events. Tabby Turley got the job done in the hurdles.