Pine River track teams eye quick start

LEROY — Angela Nicholson is expected by Pine River girls coach Dick Dietrick to be among the top point getters for the Bucks this season.

A junior, Nicholson is in her third high school season. She’s going to be in the 100 hurdles, pole vault, high jump and other events yet to be determined.

The 100 hurdles, she said is her best event. She’s hoping to beat the school record.

“Last year I got the high 16s,” she said. “The record is in the 15s and I plan to beat that this year. I need to train a lot. I have been training a lot. I need to have the willpower.”

Her second best event is the pole vault. She hopes to hit the 10-foot mark.

The key will be “how I handle the pole,” Nicholson said. “In hurdles, we will do well. In pole vault. We just need to work hard.”

Her best effort in the high jump has been 4-9. She’s looking at 4-11.

On Saturday, Pine River was third at the St. Louis Relays in the team’s first outdoor meet of the season.

Michelle Kelsey had medals in four different events, Dietrick said, adding that Devyn Powell also had a strong performance.

Mirah Holmes scored in the pole vault while Haley Russel tossed the shot put 36-5.

“We’ll be a strong team because we want it and we train hard everyday,” Nicholson said.

The Pine River boys were sixth out of 14 teams at St. Louis.

The shot put relay team of Ross Raymond and Takahuiro Turmo combined for first place in the shot put. Some relay seams also placed for the bucks.

“That’s a good showing,” said PR coach Eric Gebhardt. “We also took a couple of seconds in the relay. It was third time we’ve been on the track.