Pine River pole vaulter set for strong season

Cole Gingrich
Cole Gingrich

LEROY — Cole Gingrich is off to a good start for the 2014 Pine River track season. The Bucks are hoping he can keep it going in high style.

Recently at the Central Michigan Indoor Invitational, the Bucks were one-two in the pole vault with Cole Gingrich at 12-0 and Colten Rawson at 11-8.

Gingrich is in his junior season. Along with the pole vault, he’ll also be in the long jump and relays.

“One of the goals I have is to try to beat the school’s pole vault record, which is 13-8 1/4,” said Gingrich, whose all-time best is a 12-6. “It’s form in pole vaulting.”

He’s been vaulting since the seventh grade. Having confidence to get the job done is also critical, he added.

Gingrich has hopes in the vault for the state meet.

“I’ve had a rough two years,” he said. “My first year as a freshman, I broke my pole at state. Last year, it was downpouring. I have high hopes for this year.”

Gingrich’s relays should also be strong, plus the 100-yard dash. He’s hoping for low 11s in the dash.

“I have fast acceleration and I don’t quit running as hard as I can,” he said.

Gingrich expects his team to have depth in his events.

“Our pole vault is going to be strong. I feel like our relays will be a little weaker than last year, but still good,” he said. “The team is looking great. We have to rebuild from last year. We lost quite a few seniors.”

A scheduled meet for last week at Marion was canceled because of the weather. The Bucks go on break the end of this week and have an outdoor meet set for April 8 at Coleman. The first home meet is April 14 with Harrison and Farwell.