Pine River sprinter focuses on senior season

Pine River's Kendra Montague would have been among the area's top sprinters this season. (Courtesy photo)

Pine River's Kendra Montague would have been among the area's top sprinters this season. (Courtesy photo)

LEROY -- Kendra Montague was ready for her junior season in track and field at Pine River this spring.

It didn't happen because of COVID-19 but she's getting ready for her senior campaign in 2021.

Montague has been in track five seasons. This would have been her third varsity season.

A sprinter, she would have been in the 100, 200 and 400, plus the 4-x-2 and 4-x-4 relays.

Montague took second in the regional in the 200 and 400, and qualified for the state meet last season.

"I didn't do too good at state," she recalled. "I got really nervous and the weather was horrible. I was looking forward to going back this year but it's not going to happen."

The state meet, had there been a spring season, would have been last Saturday.

Her 4x-4 relay team took ninth place in the 2019 state meet.

Only one senior graduated from that relay squad.

"We broke the school record last year in the 4x4," Montague said. "And we were hoping to break it again. We had some young freshmen who were really good.

Her best open event is the 200, Montague indicated.

"When I take off, I build a lot of speed on the curve," she said. "That's where I get a lot of speed off of."

In the 100, "if we can get out of the blocks good, I can finish the race strong," Montague said.

The team, prior to the season cancellation "was looking really good," Montague said. "We had a lot of good freshmen coming up. We had one or two senior girls. We were aiming for (Highland) conference champs. We don't quite have the distance team yet."

The season was canceled on April 3.

"I was upset," Montague said. "We had an indoor track season and it was disappointing we couldn't see (the results of) our work from that."

Montague has been working to keep in shape.

"I like to run on my trails and on dirt roads," Montague said.

She also plays basketball and runs cross country.

"We have not been told anything from our coach yet but have been starting to run to prepare for the season," Montague said. "We're looking pretty good. We have a young team."

Her basketball team improved from an 0-21 season in 2018-19.

Her best sport is track, Montague said.