Quinton Mitchell has been among the steadiest point producers for a Pine River boys team that is setting its sights on the Highland Conference title this season.

One of Mitchell’s most memorable days was at the recent Pine River Invitational in which the Bucks took first. He took third place in the 100-meter dash and was on the 1,600-meter and 400-meter relay teams that also gained third places.

“The competition was good,” Mitchell recalls. “We saw different teams than from last season. Beating Ludington was a highlight.”

In the 100, Mitchell’s best time has been 11.6 seconds. He’s looking to get to 11.4. He’s hoping to get his 400-meter time to 53.2.

“I get good starts,” Mitchell said of his successes in the sprints.

Winning the Pine River Invitational was a highlight for Mitchell and his teammates. The Highland Conference meet is May 22 at Evart.

“We want to win the conference championships, (do well) at regionals and have a lot of people go to state,” he said.

It’s Mitchell’s second year in track. “I’ve improved a lot,” he said.

Last Friday at the Manton Invitational, Mitchell and his team finished third with 79.5 points. Mitchell was fourth in the 100 at 11.54 seconds. His 400-relay team that also consisted of Austin Cole, Langworthy and Kyle Brasseur was third in 46.31. Mitchell tied for fifth in the 400-meter dash in 54.69 seconds.

Dustin Ecker won the 110 hurdles in 15.75 seconds while Trevor Holmes took the 3,200-meter run in 10:37.26.

Coming in second were John Lenz with a throw of 119-8 in the discus, Abel Langworthy in the 100-meter dash in 11.46 seconds and Ecker in the 300 hurdles in 43.56 seconds.

Taking thirds for the Bucks were Lenz in the shot put at 42-7 and Abel Langworthy in the pole vault at 12-06.03.