Pine River track athlete tries golf to stay active
LEROY - He's been a solid three-sport athlete for Pine River, but Bucks' senior Jayce Methner missed what promised to be a promising junior spring season.
Methner, a cross country and boys basketball athlete, would have been in the 800 meters, 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters and 4x800 relay if there had been a season. He's been in track since the seventh grade.
Placing in the regional was a highlight for Methner last year. If there had been a season this spring, which was canceled because of the coronavirus attack, his best event would have been the 3,200 meters, he said, with hopes of getting to the state meet.
"I was working around running 10 flat," Methner said. "I usually had a good first mile."
He had a personal record of 5:04 in the 1,600 meters and 10:40.52 in the 3,200-meters. He took eighth in the 3,200 at the Highland Conference meet. His 4x800 relay team was fourth in the league meet.
Cross country, Methner said, is his best sport. He added he was "very surprised" when the MHSAA canceled the spring sports season.
"I've still been running," he said, adding he's heard "nothing yet" from basketball and running coaches of any summer activity.
The cross country team, "didn't really lose anybody but we weren't that strong last year, so it's going to be tough," Methner said.
He qualified for the state final last season in the Division 3 cross country meet with a personal record of 17:10.2 for 13th place at regional. He was 126th at the state meet in 18:06.7.
On Friday, Methner and other Pine River athletes were making their debut in a high-school aged league at Tustin Trails Golf Course. He's a starting golfer.
"It's pretty fun but it's pretty hard to learn," he said.