LEROY — It didn’t take long for Cheyanna Rizor to serve notice of what kind of season she might have as a senior for Pine River’s cross country team.

Recently, at the Ryan Shaw Memorial in Central Lake, Rizor was second in 14:17, obviously on a shorter course than the usual 3.1 miles.

This marks her second cross country season. She played volleyball prior to her junior season. 

“I’m glad I did that last year,” Rizor said. “My best meet was at Harrison or Chippewa Hills.”

Her best time was near 21:30.

The fact that Rizor runs track also figured into her decision to try cross country last season.

“I think it was a good challenge at first,” she said. “Once I got into shape, I think I did pretty well. Devyn Powell helped me a lot.”

Powell graduated from last year’s team and is now at Saginaw Valley State.

Rizor did some running in the summer.

“I’m hoping to get below a 21:30,” she said. “I’m hoping I can beat that this year, maybe even into the 20s. I’m going to have to not let my mind control my body, but let my body do all the work.”

Rizor said the start is usually her best asset. This fall, she feels more confident coming into the season.

The team is young “but we have a few runners that are up there,” she said, adding that in the Highland Conference, “I know Beal City will be a big challenge, those two sisters.

“Hopefuly, with no injuries, I think we’re going to be better.”