Pine River thrower closes out strong career

LEROY — Robyn Peppey and Mary Ware finished a unique throwing career for Pine River when the track and field season ended at the state finals.

Ware was fifth in the discus (112-8) in the girls meet. She has been in the finals in the past, but placed for the first time.

“I’m happy being on the podium, but I wish I could have done better,” Ware said. “(Her throw) was decent. It’s not what I wanted. When I did my first throw, it was raining.”

Her best throw all season was 116-7. This was her best of four varsity seasons.

“I’ve had a lot of support from my coaches and a lot of time they put in for me,” Ware said.

Her teammate, Peppey, qualified for both the shot put and discus but didn’t place in either.

Peppey competed in the shot and discus. She and Ware spent plenty of time working on the events during the offseason.

“She’s been doing it for four years,” Peppey said. “We used to work in the middle school gym.”

They set up a net for the discus in the middle school gym.

Peppey acknowledged it’s a sport where repetition makes the athlete better.

“I have a lot of speed and strength,” she said. “My form is not that good.”

But speed in the throws “is one of the most important things,” Peppey said. “I can use the momentum to throw.”

Her best throw was 34-9 1/2 in the shot and 100-4 in the discus. She placed second in both events at regionals.

“Shot put’s my favorite,” Peppey said. “I do better in it. I think they’re really easy. But for the shot put, I like power. Discus is more form and speed.”

Peppey and Ware have been best friends at Pine River. But when it came to competing against each other, they gave it their all.

It was Peppey’s first trip to the state finals. She threw the discus  83-2 for 23rd place and the shot 32-7 for 19th.