Distance runner, pole vaulter spark Evart's track attack

EVART – Grace Hamilton had a strong season for Evart’s cross country team last fall and is carrying that over to the track season this spring.

Meanwhile, Alex Pylman has been a strong contributor for the Wildcats in the pole vault in her freshman season. A sophomore, Hamilton is having a strong season in the distances for Evart.

Her events this season have been the 3,200-meter relay, the 800, the 1,600-meter and the 3,200-meter run.

The 3,200 run has been her top event, Hamilton noted.

“Breaking 13 minutes in the two-mile and winning the JV Reed City meet,” have been major highlights mentioned by Hamilton. “My best time was a 15:53 and I hope to get a 12:30. I need to work hard in practice and get enough sleep before a meet.

“My start-finish is definitely good. I’m able to sustain a good pace throughout, which is helpful.”

The 1,600-meter run has been Hamilton’s second best event.

“My best time has been a 6:01 and I hope to get a 5:45,” she said. “I need a better second and third lap.”

The distances have been strong for the Wildcats this season.

“I think we’ve improved a lot, everyone has,” Hamilton said.

As for the team, “we won our first (invitational at Lake CIty) that Evart has won in like 30 years,” Hamilton said. “The boys and girls won which is super exciting. It’s lots of hard work and we know how to push each other.

“We want to keep improving and work as a team. I hope to make it to state in the two mile.”

Pylman said clearing 9-6 would be a good meet for her. She did that Saturday at the Central Montcalm Invitational.

It’s her freshman season. She’s in her third season as a pole vaulter with two previous springs in the junior high.

“I thought it looked fun and a couple of people in my family had done it before me,” she said. “I decided I wanted to try it and I loved it.”

Prior to high school, 9-1 was her best vault.

To get higher, “it will take a lot of form stuff,” she said. “I’d be getting pretty high if I worked on form a lot.”

Pylman has also done some running.

“But I pulled a muscle and I haven’t been (running),” she said, adding that the pole vault “is a challenge. I like challenges.”

Pylman has yet to lose a meet in the pole vault.

“I don’t like to lose,” she smiled. “I would love to go to state. That’s what I’m looking for.”