Pine River girls second at invitational

LEROY — Pine River’s girls track team was second at its own invitational on Saturday with 139 points. Ludington was first at 182, Kent City third at 101, Hesperia fourth at 58 and McBain Northern Michigan Christian fifth at 35.

Mariah Holmes was first in 17.29 in the 100 hurdles while Devyn Powell won the 100 in 13.65. The 800-meter relay team of Mariah and Valerie Holmes, Michelle Kelsey and Powell was first in 1:51.41.

Kelsey won the 200 in 28.78 and the high jump in 5-0.

“We took second and I’m very happy with that,” said Pine River coach Dick Dietrick.

The Pine River boys were third with 134 points. Ludington was first with 150 while Kent City was second with 144. Hesperia was fourth with 87.

Dustin Ecker was the 110 hurdles winner in 16.7 seconds for the Bucks and took the 300 hurdles in 42.88 seconds. James Harvey won the long jump with an effort of 17-10.

“The numbers this year were lower than what we traditionally have but the quality was still here today,” said Pine River Coach Eric Gebhard. “Kent City and Ludington provided challenges in just about every event. Hesperia provided talent as well. It was good quality teams.

“I’m happy with a close third today. I’m proud of our kids for stepping up.”