Terburgh to give Bucks strength in distance events

Chris Terburgh
Chris Terburgh

LEROY — Chris Terburgh enters his senior season as a distance runner with hopes of giving Pine River’s track team valuable points in his events.

Terburgh has ran in the state finals and this season will be in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs and 4x8 relay. His best event is the 3,200-meter run. His best time has been 11-flat. He’s looking at getting it down to 10:20.

“I need to get more miles in and a lot of speed workouts,” he said.

Cross country enhances his track distance running, said Terburgh, adding that he considers himself equal in both sports.

“We’ll score points, I think we’ll be pretty decent this year,” Terburgh said of the distance events. “We have me, Ben (Rigling) and Derek (Hartline).”

Terburgh sees his last lap, especially with his kick, as his top strength.

“I just want to get better everyday,” he said. “Terburgh is hoping the Bucks can be a factor in the Highland Conference this season.

‘“We’re small, but I think we’ll be pretty decent this year,” he said.

The Bucks competed recently at the Central Michigan Indoor Invitational.

Terburgh was sixth in the 1,600 meter run in 5:15.50 and Hartline ninth in 5;27.95. Terburgh was fifth in the 3,200 meters in 10:55.59.

A scheduled meet for last week at Marion has been canceled because of the weather. The Bucks are on break this week and have an outdoor meet set for April 8 at Coleman. The first home meet is April 14 with Harrison and Farwell.