Pine River looks to continue state meet success

LEROY — Pine River traditionally has done very well at the state track meet and the Bucks hope the same holds true for this Saturday at Comstock Park.

Participants at the state meet qualified from their efforts at the regionals in May.

Mariah Holmes in the pole vault, Devyn Powell in the 400 and Haley Russell in the throws have qualified for the girls. The Bucks will be sending, for the boys, Abel Langworthy in the pole vault and Ross Raymond in the shot put.

Mariah Holmes, a sophomore, vaulted 8-10 at the regionals. Her personal best is 9-0.

“I was glad I made it to state but I wish I would have done better (at regionals),” she said. “Eventually my goal is 9-6 or 10.”

Holmes went to the state finals in the pole vault last year and but did not qualify in the top eight for a medal. She hopes to do that this season. The weather, she said, has prevented her from getting too much better overall this season compared to a year ago.

“I need to have a good high plant and swing through,” she said.

Holmes is in her third year as a pole vaulter.

“I thought it looked fun so I just wanted to try it,” she said.

Powell also went to the state finals in cross country last fall as a freshman.

In the 400, her best time has been a 58.3 and she would like to get in the 57s.

“I need a very good start and a very strong finish,” she said

Russell, a senior, will be competing in both the shot put and discus. Her best effort in the discus has been 114-8 and 37-11 in the shot put. Those distances don’t beat her accomplishments from a year ago but Russell still likes what she’s accomplished.

“It’s been weather and a lot of emotional strain,” said Russell, who hopes to land in top eight in both events. “I didn’t place in the discus last year and I’d like to do that.”

She was fourth in the shot put last season and is confident of perhaps doing even better this year.

“The discus has really improved,” Russell said. “There’s girls who have been competing for four years that are still there.”

Langworthy, a junior, is going to state for the first time. He’s been pole vaulting since eighth grade.

“I just want to do it, it looked really fun,” he said. “I was very happy at regionals.”

He notched 13 feet as a personal best at regionals.

“It was good weather, a good day and I was working on my form a lot,” he said. “I’ve improved a lot on my form.”

Langworthy has attended the state finals in wrestling but acknowledged he might be nervous as he focused on a new sport at state. His hope is 14 feet at the state finals.

“I want to come away with a medal,” he said.