Throwers getting the job done for Pine River track

LEROY  — Mary Ware seems ready to have another strong track season for the Pine River Bucks in the throws.

So does junior Robyn Peppey.

Ware, in her third varsity season, has been scoring key points for the Bucks. In her first outdoor meet of the season in early April against Coleman, she took first in the discus and second in the shot put.

“It wasn’t what I was hoping for but it’s good for the beginning of the season,” Ware said.

Ware won the discus at 99-10 and was second in the shot put at 30-5 3/4. Recently against Beal City, Ware took second in the discus at 98-5 and shot put at 29-3.5.

The previous Saturday at the Morley Stanwood Mohawk Invitational, Ware and Peppey combined for 56-0 in the shot put to take first place and 175-8 in the discus to take second.

“I beat my PRs in both discus (85-0) and shot put (28-1),” Peppey said after that meet.

Before the season ends, Peppey would like to get at least 100 in the discus and 32-0 in the shot put.

It’s her first year of throwing.

“It’s been going pretty good,” she said. “I started doing indoor shot put. I did shot put in November and March for discus.”

Peppey said she got encouragement from her shop teacher, Tim Jones, who is also Pine River’s wrestling coach, plus Ware, to get involved in the throws for track and field. She also plays soccer in the fall on the boys team. Pine River doesn’t have a girls soccer team.

“I would say track is more challenging because you don’t have your other teammates to depend on to get your score,” Peppey said. “Having confidence and practicing a lot (is a key).”

She and Ware are pushing each other, Peppey indicated.

“We’re trying to make each other better,” she said. “We have a couple of good throwers other than me and Mary.”

Peppey anticipates also pole vaulting this season.