Pine River sophomore expects to be strong point producer


LEROY — Derek Hartline is only a sophomore for Pine River’s boys track and field team but is expected to score plenty of points for the Bucks.

Hartline ran as a freshman.

“I fell like I did really good last year with my times,” he said. “I got a lot of PRs for the mile and 800.”

He also ran the 3,200-meter run and 4x80 relay. In early April, he and his teammates had their outdoor debut at Coleman.

“I felt that I did pretty good,” he said. “It was good times for the beginning of the season. As practices and meets go on, I feel I’ll get better.”

He points to the 1,600-meter run as his best event.

“I want to get under five minutes, maybe like a 4:40,” he said. “I feel like my third and fourth lap are my best. I can finish strong. I need to start off faster, get into a pace faster and hold it.”

His second best event is the 800.

“I want to get a 2:10,” he said. “I feel I can score some points for the team (in various events).”

Hartline expects the Bucks to be strong in the distances. He’s expecting to face stiff competition from other Highland Conference teams in that event, including Evart.

As a team, “I see us going somewhere this year,” Hartline said. “We can probably get conference this year if we push hard enough as a team.”