Rizor set to score points for Bucks in distance races

LEROY —  A solid effort at Coleman last week in the first outdoor meet of the season indicated the Pine River girls will have plenty of point producers.

That includes Cheyanna Rizor, who won the 800 meters in 2:59.5.

Rizor is coming off a knee injury during a game from midway in the basketball season. She missed the rest of the season.

“I tore my meniscus,” she said. “That was hard, not to play. I’ve finally recovered from it.”

Up until her injury, Rizor had been having a good basketball season.

“It was hard watching us go against Beal City and not be there (in the districts),” Rizor said.

Rizor started training for the track season the week before spring break.

“I ran a couple of times to see if it was doing OK,” she said. “It was a little sore so I would take a day off.”

Rizor also ran the 3,200-meter relay at Coleman. She admitted taking it easy on her knee.

“I think I did pretty good for coming back,” she said.

Rizor is also hoping to do the 1,600 and 3,200 runs. She’s looking for a record of 5:12 in the 1,600. A 5:45 was her best run last season. For the 3,200 meters, she’s looking into running it a few times. In the 800, she’d like to be in the 2:40s.

“We’ve had rough running because of the weather. I haven’t really run that much,” said Rizor, adding that at the Coleman meet, “it was windy, but it was pretty nice.”

Once the weather improves and the muscles work back up, Rizor is confident she can run at her best.

Rizor has run track since middle school. She had a solid 2013. She didn’t make it to state last season but is looking to make it in the 800 and the 1,600 this time.

“The mile, that’s my favorite out of them all,” Rizor said.

The Bucks are scheduled to be at Benzie Central Thursday and at the Morley Stanwood Invitational on Saturday.

“We’re looking pretty good, actually,” Rizor said. “We have really good sprinters and distance (runners).”

She expects Beal City to be a formidable foe in the Highland Conference.