Pine River runners post solid seasons

LEROY - The cross country seasons have ended for area schools, and it was a very good one for Pine River and runners such as sophomore Landyn Cool and senior Grace Beebe.

Cool was among the Bucks top boys runners for a team which was among the best in the Highland Conference. He had a personal record of 18:36.3 in the regional meet to end the season.

"I've improved by a lot from last year," he said. "It comes from a lot of work during the offseason."

To start the season, Cool had one of his best races with an 18:54.6 at the Benzie Central Invitational, the same course where he ran the regional. He had an 18:51.3 at the Chippewa Hills Late Season Invitational in his final race prior to the regional.

"I usually start off pretty good," Cool said. "I want to learn how to run better at the end."

As a team, "we've been doing really good this year," Cool said late in the season.

Cool will also run track and is going to try wrestling.

"Cross country is definitely my favorite sport," he said. "It's like we're a family."

Beebe has run cross country for six seasons and said this has been her best one.

"I had an injury my sophomore year and wasn't able to run," Beebe said. "My junior year was not a good one. I've been running my best times (this season)."

She saved her best for last. Beebe had a personal record of 23:32.4 in the regional meet. She also had one of her best times on a muddy course at Houghton Lake with a 23:46.7.

"The team is having a fun time together," Beebe said. "I do cross and track and indoor in the winter. I like track better."