Pine River track teams take second in league

LEROY —  Pine River’s track and field teams were both second in the Highland Conference meet on May 20.

For the boys

Ben Rigling was second in the 400 meters (51.90) and second the 800 meters. Cole Gingrich was first in the pole vault (12-6), third in the 100 meter dash (11.20) and second in the 200 (23.50). Chris Terburgh was third in the 1,600 meters in 4:47.30 and second in the 3,200 meters (10:30.70). Ethan Crawford was second in the 110-meter hurdles (15.6). The boys were second in the 800 relay (1:37.20) and second in the 3,200 relay (8:47.40). Colten Rawson was second (18-10) and third in the high jump (5-10).

For the girls

Devyn Powell won the 100 in 12.90 seconds, 200 in 26.40 and 400 in 59.20. Cheyanna Rizor was fourth in the 1,600 meters (5:55.5) and fourth in the 3,200 meters (13:04.50). The 400 relay team of Shiloh Ruppert, Michelle Kelsey, Jasmine Blackrick and Powell was first (52.40). The 800 relay of Kaitlynn Frayre, Jessica Starr, Addie Schumacher and Nicole Gross  was third in 1:54.80. Mary Ware was second in the discus (106-5) and Kelsey third (4-8). Anna Lindquist was second in the pole vault (8-0).

“We had a lot of girls step up and do higher than they were seeded to do,” Pine River coach Jan Burch said.  “We also had personal bests and those places helped us. You can’t say enough about Devyn. Sometimes people with talent don’t have the work ethic to use it. She worked hard and gets the paycheck.”

Powell was nursing a minor injury, Burch noted.

“She was asked to run three individuals, which included prelims,” Burch said. “She was willing to do it.”

Beal City won the girls meet and Evart the boys division. Burch said Pine River’s overall placing for the season is undetermined because of regular-season meets that were not finished.

“The girls worked hard for it,” Burch said after the meet. “We had three girls leave immediately after the two mile for Destination Imagination down in Nashville. We were thankful the weather held and we had them. They would have gone whether we had to reschedule or not.”