Stone plays key role for Pine River runners


LEROY — Jordan Stone found out last season how talented he could be in cross country. This fall, he’s looking for even more.

Stone, a senior co-captain, is out for only his second year of varsity cross country.

The 2013 season “was a major improvement,” he said. “Before, I used it as an excuse to get good at wrestling. But I started to like it a lot more and I wanted to get better. I started to get better. I found a passion for running.”

At the Benzie meet last season, he ran in the 19-minute range.

“I struggled to break the 20s for a long time,” Stone said. “My hope for this year are to try to lead our team to state. We have a lot of potential.”

Timewise, he’d like to get into the 18s.

“It’s going to take persistence, getting out there, working on my own during weekends,” Stone said. “Right at the beginning, for the first mile, I keep a good pace and slow down towards the center. By the end, I start making a lot of passes. I use the rest of my energy to pass as many people at possible.”

Stone wants to work on his middle part of the race.

“Every year, it’s been getting better,” Stone said, adding that winning the Highland will be among the list of goals. “Evart has won five straight. We have a lot of potential,” he said. “Our varsity lineup is pretty good. I’m looking forward to seeing how we’ll do.”

The Bucks opened the season recently with a third-place finish at the Ryan Shaw Memorial at Central Lake. Stone was 13th overall in 12:35.