Pine River track teams confident of scoring a lot of points

Bucks hope to do well in Highland Conference

Landyn Cook

Landyn

Cook

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LEROY -- Brian Jackson is in his first season coaching the Pine River boys varsity track team. He coached the middle school girls last year.

“I know that coming into this year we are returning our 4X200 team which had a solid year last year,” he said. “This year we have a good group of seniors leading the way. Landyn Cool will be leading our distance crew. Wyatt Underhill and Phil Rigling have our mid-distance locked down. Hunter Varney is going to do a great job throwing for us while Isaiah Dennis and Lukas Fisher are bringing the speed. 

“My expectations this year is to compete with a team attitude,” Jackson said. “I am looking for our seniors to lead the way and our guys to feel united. Our struggle this year is our freshman numbers. We only have two freshman listed on our roster. This will be my first time coaching track at a varsity level and I am excited to see where this season takes this great group of boys.”

Trevor Holmes is coaching the girls team.

“We graduated five athletes Kendra Montague, Sydney Edstrom, Kayla Shelton, Lorean Yeomans,” Holmes said. “All of them contributed in many ways as leaders and just setting an all round great example for the younger athletes to continue where they left off.” 

As for junior Lynn Belvin, “I have very high expectations for Lynn in all of her events and I’m looking for her to achieve all state in the 200 meters,” Holmes said, adding senior Lydia Sterly “has been working extremely hard in practice. I expect her to show off her hard work and really improve as a hurdler.”

Senior Hailey Wanstead “has run for us all four years and has been very consistent for us running very well in the distances races,” Holmes said. “I believe she’ll have her best season yet.

Holmes is also high on juniors Jersey Johnson and Ellie Rigling.

“Both with be extremely instrumental in our relays and our team as a whole with their leadership and skill,” Holmes said. “We have high expectations for ourselves and want to have a great season and most of all have fun. Our team’s strengths will be a good mixture of older and younger athletes that have been working very hard.”

Things this team needs to work on “include field events,” Holmes said. “Due to our Michigan weather, it’s been difficult to get enough practice in those areas. 

“The Highland Conference is very strong with many great runners and athletes. We will give it everything we have and look forward to a very competitive conference.”