Pine River track teams defeat Evart

LEROY — Pine River’s boys enjoyed a 2-0 night in track and field with an 84-79 edging over Manton and 89-71 over Evart in a Highland Conference double dual Wednesday.

Evart lost to Manton 95-65.

For the girls, Pine River lost to Manton 101 1/2-61 1/2 but beat Evart 93-66.

For the Pine River boys against Evart, winners were Colton Rawson in the high jump (5 feet, 11 inches), long jump (19-9 3/4) and pole vault (12-0), Josh Jackson in the shot put (34-11), and discus (104-2), Cole Gingrich in the 100 meters (11.53) and 200 meters (23.97), Ben Ringling in the 400 meters (52.64), 800 meters (2:05.13) and 3,200 meters (11:03.91) and the 1,600-meter relay team (3:50.64).

“We had a real strong night in the open events which is really our strength,” Pine River coach Eric Gebhard said. “If we didn’t do as well as I would have hoped, it would be based on depth.”

Evart got first places against Pine River from the 4x800 relay team of Danny Griffin, Josh Woods, Ben Randall and Santana Scott (9;57.92), Zach Parshall in the 110 hurdles (19.47); Trevin Ladd, Griffin, Joe Eastman, and Dillon Danley in the 4x800 relay (1:40.58), Scott in the 1,600 meters (4:46.49); Eastman in the 300 hurdles (49.96) and the 400 relay team of Cody Pritchard, Scott Martin, Robbie Tapling and Danley (47.87).

The Pine River girls got first places, against Evart, from Mary Ware in the shot put (30-5) and discus (102-11), Anna Lindquist in the pole vault (7-6) and 800 meters (2:42.57), the 4x800 relay of Cheyanna Rizor, Olivia Thompson, Lindquist and Autumn Dutka (11:14.39); Laura Stephens, Brooklyn Stephens, Shiloh Ruppert and Kenzie Ruppert in the 4x200 relay  (1:59.95); Rizor in the 1,600 meters (6:03.28) and 3,200 meters and Shiloh Ruppert in the 300 low hurdles (55.95).

Evart notched first places from Allyssa Witbeck in the high jump (4-8), Tabby Turley in the long jump (14-6 3/4), Tabby Turley in the 100 hurdles (16.82), Brook Belleville in the 100 dash (14.14), the 4x100 relay team (55.31) and Mara VanOrder in the 200-meter dash (28.44).

Pine River defeated McBain Northern Michigan Christian Tuesday night (April 28) while Evart defeated Lake City and McBain in both boys and girls action.

“When you have a small team to start with and they have to be in multiple events,. its hard to do on consecutive nights,” Evart girls coach Ken Willems said. “It was tough.”

“We’re not going to use that as an excuse because we got beat,” Evart boys coach Dennis Peacock said. “Besides being physically challenging, it’s emotional. Lake City is a big rival so the kids were emotional (Tuesday) night.”

Gebhard agreed that back-to-back nights for meets was challenging.

“You wouldn’t know it from the kids’ reaction since I didn’t have a single one gripe about it,” he said. “But you could definitely tell it by the end of the race.”