Pine River runner going to Ferris State

LEROY — Cheyanna Rizor plans on remaining a three-sport athlete.

The Pine River senior last week signed a letter of intent to attend Ferris State University and run cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

At Pine River, she’s been in cross country, outdoor track and girls basketball.

“She’s an outstanding student, good person and a very good runner,” Pine River athletic director Aaron Schab said.

Rizor said she emailed Ferris coaches prior to spring break about coming to the school. She’s also receiving a partial scholarship.

“I was thinking about maybe playing basketball for Michigan Tech,” she said. “But Ferris was a better option for me.”

Rizor said she’ll be presented with different challenges as a Ferris athlete.

“I’ve never ran just the 800, or just the mile or just the two mile in a (meet),” Rizor said. “I’m always running four events in track. (Ferris coach) is going to practice with me on that.”

Rizor said cross country and track “equal out” for her and she doesn’t really have a best sport.

“I’m going to do a lot of running over the summer so I can be in shape when I go to college-level running,” she said.

Rizor has had some highlights in outdoor track so far this year. She had a 5:50 in the 1,600 and took first in the 800 in 2:36 against Lake City and Marion in a Highland Conference meet May 5. The 1,600 run has been her best event.

Rizor has yet to qualify for the Division 3 state meet but is hoping to accomplish that feat this season. College sports gives Rizor a chance to extend her career.

“I just love running,” she said. “I like to do it and get better.”

Rizor will major in veterinary tech at Ferris.

“I’ll take classes there, then I’ll transfer to Michigan State,” Rizor said.

At Pine River, she ran track and played basketball four years apiece and cross country two seasons.

“I did volleyball my freshman and sophomore years,” Rizor said. “Then I switched over to cross. I’m very happy (with that decision). It helped me a lot in track. I wish I would have done it sooner, but I liked volleyball.”