Waters giving Bucks depth in key events

LEROY —  Ira Waters is a sophomore who has been providing plenty of depth for Pine River in his events this season.

Waters has been in the 100, 200 and 400 dashes plus the pole vault for the Bucks.

“Last year, I did good in the 100,” he said. “I ran an 11.9. This year, I’m not doing as good.”

He’s looking at the 200 and 400 to be his best events this season, He wants to get around 25 in the 200 and a 57-flat in the 400.

“I try to drive my knees and use my arms,” he said.

At the recent Pine River Invitational, Waters was fourth in the 400 (1:00.41.) and fourth in the 200 (25.43). He was sixth in the pole vault (8-0).

Colt Gingrich and Brandon Fulks have been Pine River’s main sprinters this season.

“In the 100 meters, I can’t catch them,” he said. “In the 200, I think I come pretty close.”

The Bucks have been strong in the sprints this season.

Gingrich and Fulks “are fast and have a lot of talent,” Waters said.

The boys team competed for the Highland Conference meet Tuesday.

“I think our distance runner Ben (Rigling), is probably the hardest worker and is my inspiration to work harder,” Waters said.

The poor weather held back the track athletes somewhat earlier this season and Waters said everyone is trying to peak by the end of the season.

“I think I’ve improved on my form,” he said. “My 400, for sure, I’ve improved in. But not in my 100. My endurance is a lot better.”