Pine River sophomore reflects on strong cross country season

LEROY — It was a strong cross country season for Pine River sophomore Mark Geer.

He placed 36th in the Division 3 regional last month at Manistee in 18:33.28.

Geer improved himself this season to become the Bucks’ No. 2 runner behind Derek Hartline.

“It took a couple of meets” to make that improvement. He acknowledged his best time last year was 19:58.

He got it down to more than a minute this year. Geer said he didn’t get a lot of chances to run much during the offseason, but used his experience to cut down his times.

Geer figures his second mile was the best part of his race.

“I have to work on starts,” he said.

One of his better races was in the Highland Conference jamboree in late October at Evart’s Spring Hill camp. He was 17th in 19:08.

“The weather, it wasn’t too hot, and the course is amazing,” he said after the race.

Before the season ended, Geer was hoping to catch Hartline and figured he’d have to cut at least a minute off his time. He got down to the 17s, but wasn’t able to catch his teammate. But Geer is returning for two more seasons.

As for the team, “we had three new runners,” he said. “We did pretty good.”

Geer also runs distances in track and field. But he indicated cross country is more fun.

“You get to see more,” he said.