Powell eyes strong finish to Pine River track career

LEROY — Devyn Powell is in the final weeks of her impressive track and field career at Pine River and the senior athlete is looking to post some enjoyable highlights before calling it a career.

Powell helped the Bucks have a first-place effort in their division earllier this season at the Morley Stanwood Mohawk Relays.

“We had a hard week of practice and I was feeling tired, my legs were heavy,” Powell said. “But I can tell our workouts are working because we all improved our times and splits. It turned out to be a really good day for me and my team. I’m happy.”

For the season, Powell is looking to run the 100, 200, 400, hurdles and the 1,600.

“I think I’m going to be where my coach would like me,” Powell said. The 400 is the event in which Powell was state champion in Division 3 as a sophomore and runner-up as a junior.

Her best time in the 400 has been a 57.2.

“I would like to get down in the 56s,” she said. “I need to train really hard and work on endurance. I’m looking at a better middle. I normally have a strong start and a strong finish. I need to work on picking up the pace I set for myself for that middle 200 of the 400.”

She also might do the long jump. She did a 15-0 at the Mohawk Relays.

“I tried it last year and did a 15-11,” Powell said.

She’s overcome health issues to the point where she is optimistic over the rest of the season.

“My body is healthy, my immune system feels strong,” she said. “I’m very excited. I still have some work to do.”

Pine River will be at regionals next week.

“We aren’t as strong as we’ve been in the past but we have a lot potential,” Powell said. “We’re pretty young. I’m hoping our senior leadership can really get them fired up to finish out the year strong and to pick it up for the next year.”

Powell, after she graduates, is planning on attending Saginaw Valley State.

“I’m in the middle of deciding whether or not I want to go and run,” she said. “I would be running the 400 and 800 for them. I’m already in an academic honors program at Saginaw, which asks a lot more of you academically.”