Pine River track athletes anxious to score points
LEROY — Cuyler Huffman and his Pine River boys track team is ready for action, provided that the weather allows for it. The boys and girls track and field seasons are slated to start this week and Huffman is anxious to get everything going.
It’s Huffman’s senior season and it’s his fourth year of varsity track.
Last season he was the third best hurdler in the 110 and was able to qualify for regionals.
The 110 hurdles and the 400 will be his top events along with the relays.
”I want to be able to finish in the top eight for regionals,” he said. “and maybe in the top three for conference. I know there are people better than me I’ll push myself as hard as I can and see what I get.”
In the hurdles his form is among his strengths, Huffman indicated.
“Probably in the 400, my finish is probably the best,” he said. “I put everything I have left in my finish. In the hurdles we’re solid, in the 400s and stuff like that, we have good depth. As a team we’ll lack in some sprints.”
Pine River won the Highland Conference last season.
“We can at least get top three if not champions,” Huffman said. “It’d be great to go back-to-back.
Jesse Gingrich is also a senior and is in his fourth varsity season.
He’ll be in both hurdles plus the 400- and 800-meter relays.
“I qualified for regionals in the 300 hurdles,” Gingrich said. “I’m hoping to make it to state in the 300 hurdles I’ll need a good form and lots of conditioning because it’s a hard race.
“We have good hurdlers this year. Our sprint relays are good too”
The Bucks are defending league champions.
Because of the weather, “we had to practice inside for 2 1/2 weeks,” he said. “It gets boring after awhile. it’s nice to get inside,” Gingrich said.