Pine River runners getting the job done for the Bucks

LEROY -— Cheyanna Rizor was ninth in 22:12 for the Pine River Bucks in Highland Conference cross country action earlier this season and continues to have a strong season.

“It felt good, it all felt good,” Rizor said. “About to the mile and a half mark, there’s an open field, the wind caught me and you could feel it with your legs.”

She’s enjoyed her season so far with a best time of 21:56. it’s her first year of cross country. She had done volleyball in the past.

“I decided I’m a runner instead of a volleyball player,” she said. “I do track (as a distance runner).”

Rizor was satisfied with her adjustment to the sport and got help from some of her teammates.

“I ran 5Ks over the summer,” she said. “It took me a couple of races to see how to run it. Once I got the hang of it, it was OK.”

Being able to pace yourself is a key behind cross country, Rizor noted.

Her start and first mile is a strength.

“Then I have to push myself the rest of the way,” she said.

Rizor hopes to get into the 21s before the season ends. She also happy with the team’s performance and is hoping the squad can qualify for state.

For now, he’s he’s happy to be running cross.

Pine River boys runner Chris TerBurgh was second for Pine River at a recent meet. He’s in his senior season.

He’s been running cross since seventh grade. He recalls having good conference runs last year.

TerBurgh’s best time has been 17:42. He’s hoping to get in the low 17s. His work on the hills will be a key.

“I would love to go to state as a team,” he said. “I think we have the potential to do it.”