Evart boys set records at final dual meet
EVART — When Evart’s boys track team defeated Pine River and Manton in track action on May 14 at Lake City, it was a big day for many athletes, including Ricky Miller and Max Hodges, who both broke Evart records.
Evart defeated Pine River 101-67 and Manton 116-47 in the final dual meet of the season. The results were expected to give Evart a good shot at the overall title in the league meet Tuesday of this week.
Miller won the pole vault in 14-1. The record had been 14.
Nathan Struble was first in the 100-meter dash in 11.73 seconds. Alex Newton won the 200 in 24.5.
Hodges won the 800 in 2:01.23. The old record was 2:01.27 by David Zinger.
“I had run a 2:02 for the 4 by 800 and I really wanted to break that record, Hodges said. “I pushed myself as hard as I could.”
Evart also won the 400 relay in 45.45, the 800 relay in 1:35.18, the 1,600 relay in 3:43.79 and the 3,200-meter relay 8:22.38.
David Zinger won the 1,600-meter run in 4:41.09 and the 3,200-meter run in 10:33.06.
Dean Marsh won the shot put in 45-6 1/4 and Larry VanBuren took the discus in 128-5. Jacob Hopkins won the high jump in 5-10.
“We’re looking pretty strong,” Hodges said. “We all stepped up tremendously to beat Pine River. We lost to Lake City last year but beat them this year.
The key in getting the record was to work hard, Miller said.
“You have to trust yourself,” he said. “It was a rocky road in the beginning but we’re all taking that step forward. Everything happens for a reason.”
At regionals, Evart went one-two in the pole vault with Chapman Long at 11-11.1 and Miller at 11-10. Both will be at the state meet.
Also for Evart, the girls lost 96-66 to Manton and 110.5-59.5 to Pine River.
Getting first places for the Wildcats were Jessica Tea-hui in the 200 meters in 28.36, Grace Hamilton in the 3,200 meters in 12:43.9, Tabby Turley in the 100 meter hurdles in 16.7, Kirsten Parsons in the shot put in 31-10.25 and Tea-hui in the high jump in 5-2.