Pine River hurdler anticipates another productive season


LEROY  —  Ethan Crawford is a senior hurdler on the Pine River boys track and field team in his fourth season and anxious to help the Bucks win some key meets.

“I’ve never really kept track of time but probably the biggest achievement in 2013 was at (a meet in Cadillac) when Pine River took first, second and third (in the 110 hurdles),” Crawford said.

In Pine River’s first meet of the season earlier this spring at Coleman, Crawford got two first places, a second and a sixth.

“I wasn’t proud of the sixth place, but I didn’t feel it was my best event,” Crawford said. 

The 110 hurdles will be Crawford’s best event.

“I definitely want to get into the 14s,” he said. “That is my goal.”

He’s been in the 15-second level for the hurdles, so Crawford needs to focus on major improvement to get that reduction.

“Lots of practice and lots of hard work,” Crawford said. “My form is pretty good, as of now. I need to work on the foot speed.”

His second best event is the 300 hurdles.

“I don’t have too high of expectations in that but feel I definitely need to improve,” he said, adding that he needs to improve in his endurance. “I’m definitely lacking in my endurance.”

Crawford right now is the main hurdler for the Bucks.

“I’m the only 110 hurdler, starting out,” he said. “We have some recruits. They’re looking to be promising the next few years. Everybody else is so busy with other events. It really limits the hurdlers.”

The 4x100 is a possibility.

““Me and a couple of others did that at the Coleman meet and we got first place,” he said. “I was the first leg in that. It’s a lot of pressure.”

Pine River will be at regionals next week.

“The team is looking pretty strong,” Crawford said. “There’s definitely some areas we need to capitalize on. I’m definitely looking to be conference champs.”