Burge set to give Wildcats strength in hurdle events

EVART  — Robert Burge is investing himself into the track season for Evart with hopes of scoring key points for the Wildcats.

It’s only the second year of track for Burge, a senior, who ran as a freshman. It’s a good way for Burge to stay in condition for future athletic endeavors as he continues to work on the hurdles this season. Form is a key for him and he’s also trying to cut down on his steps.

When it comes to the hurdles, Burge wouldn’t mind being one of the top hurdlers in the Highland Conference but wants to get in outdoor competition first before he will set goals he feel he can keep. He has not received times since his freshman season.

The Wildcats return from break and are looking to get more outdoor workouts.

“We had a lot practices during break, but they weren’t mandatory,” he said.

Burge also played football and basketball at Evart this season and is set for his final high school sports season.

Burge said he and Andrew Maxwell are the main hurdlers on the team.

“He’s doing good. He’s right up there with me,” Burge said

Evart runs at Mesick on Thursday and Morley Stanwood Saturday.

The Wildcats are defending Highland Conference and MITCA team state champions. They’ve won two straight MITCA titles. Burge likes his team’s chances to do well again in all championship meets.