Pine River wins home invitational
LEROY — The weather was much better than a year ago and the results were pleasing to the home team at the Pine River Invitational on Saturday.
Both Pine River boys and girls teams posted victories. It was a clear day with temperatures in the 60s. More importantly, compared to last season, the facility wasn’t drenched but was totally dry and 100 percent usable.
For the boys, it was Pine River 213, Kent City 179, Coleman 68, NMC 24, and Walkerville 18. For the girls, it was Pine River 240, Kent City 187, NMC 24, Walkerville 16 and Coleman 8.
“We couldn’t have asked for better weather today, and the kids responded with a landslide of personal bests,” Pine River coach Eric Gebhard. “This is such a wonderful group of young adults to have the pleasure to coach, and I’m so happy that both squads earned the title of meet champions today.”
Colten Rawson took first place in long jump (21 feet, 0 inches), high jump (6-0) and pole vault (13-0) and was part of the winning 4x400 relay (3 minutes, 49.96 seconds), which included Nick Truax, Derek Hartline and Ben Rigling.
“It’s been better than it usually has been this season,” Rawson said. “I PRed in all of my field events.”
Rigling scored firsts in the 400 meters (53.77), 800 meters (2;09.86), 3,200 (11:17.49) and 4x400 relay. Cole Gingrich won the 100 dash (11.72) and was on the 400-relay team that was first (47.68) and included Brandon Fulks, Truax and Joe Ringling. Truax (24.78) was first in the 200-meter dash, and part of three winning relays.
“The hurdle group of Aaron Arnold, Zach Strowenjans and Tyler Signor had a great day filled with personal bests,” Gebhard said.
Mary Ware took first in both the shot put (31-9 1/4) and discus (104-5), while Robyn Peppey was second in those events (30-9 1/4 and 82-6). Anna Lindquist won the pole vault (7-6), 400 meters (1:04.11), 800 meters (2:40.42) and was part of the winning 3,200 relay team (11:05.28), which included Cheyanna Rizor, Olivia Thompson and Autumn Dutka.
Shiloh Ruppert won the 100 (18.03) and 300 hurdles (53.42), plus the 200 dash (29.89) and 4x200 relay (1;58.03).
“It as a fabulous day to be out running, compared to a year ago,” Gebhard recalled. “The kids ran really well with a lot of personal bests due to their hard work and the cooperative weather. It was great seeing the kids enjoying themselves today. They were more relaxed.”
The Bucks were at Lake City Tuesday for Highland Conference competition. The regionals are May 15 at Clare.
“They’re as ready as they can be with the weather,” Gebhard said. “Everyone is in the same boat. We’re happy with the progress they’ve made.”