Evart boys set for first outdoor track meet

EVART — Evart’s boys track team returns to action next week with hopes of getting off to a strong start when the Wildcats run at Morley Stanwood on April 10.

Among the athletes the Wildcats will look at for point production is Alex Newton, a junior, who will be in the sprints plus some relays.

“Last year, I did really well in regionals,” Newton recalled. “I was within a half a second from going to state. I’m looking forward to the open 400 and the 4 by 2. I think this year we have a good chance of getting first in the conference in the 4 by 4 and for me to be in the top three in the open 200.”

Having a strong practice and relating to his teammates will be critical.

“We have a really good chance of going far,” he said. “We had a close conference last year. I think we can take the conference and be among the top three in the region.”

Andrew French, a senior, will be in the 110 hurdles, plus the 300 hurdles and high jump.

“We had a really good season last year,” he said. “We were second in conference. Hopefully this year, we’ll win conference.”

French is looking for improvement in all events this season. He’s looking for a 16.5 in the 110 hurdles and running below 45 seconds in the lows and six foot in the high jump.

French takes pride in his starts.

“We have a wide variety of everyone going everywhere and doing different events,” he said. “We’re going to be very strong. Hopefully we’ll be first in the Highland.”

The Wildcats are looking to be especially strong in the distances with junior David Zinger coming off a strong cross country season in which he took third in the state

Last season in track, Zinger was all-state in two events, the 3,200-meter and 1,600-meter runs. His goals for this year is to repeat as an all-stater and possibly win the mile and do well in the two-mile relay.

Zinger is looking to have a sub-4:20 in the 1,600 and sub-9:30 in the 3,200-meter run.

“The team’s potential is outstanding,” he said. “We have a chance to win the conference maybe even a regional title.”

Lake City is the defending Highland Conference champion but the Wildcats hope to dethrone them.