EVART – Evart’s boys cross country team will be making another venture to the state finals after placing second last Saturday in the Division 4 regionals at Allendale.

David Zinger was third in 16:02 while Max Hodges was sixth in 16:28 and Logan Hammer was seventh in 16:32, Santana Scott 11th in 17:25, Zach Douglas 23rd in 17:58, Ryan Tuttle 26th in 18:16 and Akira Inoue in 38th in 19:06.

Sagautuck took first place 39-45 over Evart and Hesperia was third.

The Evart girls took sixth place and Grace Hamilton qualified for the state meet by going 21:03 for ninth overall.

Also for the Wildcats, Clairise Clark was 31st in 22:41, Mara VanOrder 36th in 23:16; Katy Parsons 44th in 23:57 Taylor McLachlin 48th in 24:51, Stevie Duey 62nd in 27:09 and Natalie Bellville 64th in 27:49.

“Most of the kids ran their best times of the year,” said Evart coach Andy Eichelberger. “They ran very well and were very focused. In Allendale, the weather was beautiful. It was a little on the cool side and good for running, no wind and a fairly flat course with a lot of turns. It was a good day.”

The boys will run Saturday morning at MIS.

“They’re ranked fifth so we’re hoping to place,” Eichelberger said. “We also finished fifth last year. We’ll practice 4 to 5 each day and will leave Friday to go down there.“

Last season at state, Zinger was third in 16:06.6,  Hodges 17th in 16:47.9, Hammer 18th in 17:42.7 and Tuttle 103rd in 18:43.3.