Danley, Struble boost Evart's boys track attack

RELAY DASH: John Danley runs his leg of the 1,600-meter relay last week. (Herald Review/John Raffel)
RELAY DASH: John Danley runs his leg of the 1,600-meter relay last week. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

EVART — Evart athletes like John Danley and Nate Struble have scored heavily for the Wildcats in various sports.

Before the season is over, they’re hoping to do some key scoring for the Evart track team as the Wildcats bid for the Highland Conference.

Danley is on the 1,600-meter relay which had a dramatic win last week in the final event of a meet to defeat Lake City.

“This was the event it comes down to for the scoring,” Danley said after the meet. “It gives us a lot more adrenaline and gives us a lot more push at the end. It puts our hearts and minds in the game.”

Danley is in the 1600 and 3,200 relay plus the 800 relay and the 800 open, which is his best event.

It’s something that I’ve always loved, he said. “I’m looking to get back down to a 2:05 if possible. Our relays did really good today.”

Danley is confident the team can be a title contender.

Struble has been helping out in relays. He helped the Wildcats in the tight meet with Lake City.

He got third in the 200 and long jump, and second in the 100 meter dash. He was anchor of the 400 meter relay, which took first.

But, especially with the weather restricting sports athletes from going outside for many days in the preseason, Struble and his teammates are still trying to get into a groove and challenge for the Highland and regional title.

“We’re trying to work out the kinks, like the handoffs in our 4 by 1, we have to get better. We’re getting there,” Struble said.

Struble is in his second track season.

“Last year, our 4 by 1 did very well,” he said. “We ended up going to state. The team won the state championships.”

Struble is confident winning the league title is feasible.

“This year we gained some speed,” he said. “My best open event is probably the 100. I’m hoping to get low 11s.

“Our team for sprints is pretty good this year. We don’t have outstanding runners. We have fast runners that can come out third, fourth or fifth. Winning the state championships gave us a boost last year.”

In recent weeks, track and other spring sports athletes have been waiting for the weather to break.

“Once the weather gets nicer, we can come out, do better and win more events,” Struble said.