Pine River girls second at regionals

CLARE — It was a productive night for Pine River track and field teams at Friday’s Division 3 regionals at Clare.

Pine River had regional titles from Ben Rigling in the 400 and 800, Colton Rawson in the long jump and Mary Ware in the discus.

Clare won both meets. Pine River was second and Reed City eighth for the girls. Pine River was fourth and Reed City seventh for the boys.

For Pine River, Ben Rigling took first in the 400 meter (51.26) and 800 meter (2:01.85) runs. His run in the 400 meters tied the school’s record. Colten Rawson was first in the long jump (20- 4 1/2), while Cole Gingrich had a qualifying jump (12-6) in the pole vault for fifth place.

Highlights for the girls included Robyn Peppey (34-3 1/2), who took second in the shot and the discus (96-8). Mary Ware took first in the discus (106-9). Anna Lindquist took second in the 400 run (1:03.7), while running the anchor leg of the 3,200 relay team that took second place, along with teammates Olivia Thompson, Autumn Dutka, and Cheyanna Rizor (10:20.30).

“We have nine athletes representing us in eight different events at the state level, and I couldn’t be happier for them or for Pine River,” Bucks coach Eric Gebhard said. “Both squads competed well as a team, and their overall scores are testament to their hard work this season. I can’t wait to see how well they finish the season against the best the state has to offer.”

Also for the Pine River boys, Gingrich was fourth (11.88) in the 100-meter dash, the foursome of Brandon Fulks, Gingrich, Rawson and Nick Truax was fifth in the 4x200 (1:36.31), Rawson was third in the high jump (5-10) and Gingrich was fifth in the pole vault (12-6) and fourth in the long jump (19-4 ½).

Also for the Pine River girls, Rizor was fourth in the 1,600 meters (5:51.98) the foursome of Dutka, Thompson, Lindquist and Lauren Stephens was third in the 4x400 relay (4:29.21).