Evart boys sweep foes, do well at Central Montcalm

MARION — Evart had the type of success Tuesday night (May 6) at Marion that the Wildcat boys track and field team hopes to enjoy in three days.

The Wildcats remain undefeated in the Highland Conference at 6-0 with wins of 93-59 over Beal City and 97-60 over Marion.

It’s the same track on which the Wildcats will bid for a Division 4 regional title on Saturday.

The girls split their two meets, falling to Beal City, 113-49, while defeating Marion, 83-74.

The Evart boys netted first places from Larry VanBuren in the discus (124-8); Zach Parshall in the  jump (6-0); Dean Marsh in the shot put (44-1) the 3,200-meter relay team of Andrew Booher, Josh Woods, Max Hodges and Santana Scott (9:06.61); Scott in the 1,600-meter run (4:54.24) and 3,200-meter run (10:44.92); and Hodges in the 400 dash (53.76) and 800-meter run (2:17.71).

“We were one-two-three in the discus,” said Evart coach Dennis Peacock. “We’ve got a couple of kids qualifiers into the regionals. Zach Douglas ran at 11:04 in the 3,200 so he can be our third two-miler and Josh Decator threw 121 in the discus he can be our third qualifier there.

Marsh was second in the discus behind VanBuren and ahead of Decator at 123-3.

“It was a real good night,” said Peacock, whose team had a league test at Pine River next Tuesday. “That’s a big meet. Then regionals are after that.”

The Evart girls picked up first places from Kirsten Parsons in the shot put (33-10 1/4), Jessica Tea in the long jump (15-6 1/2) and 100-meter dash (13.48), Tabitha Turley in the 100 hurdles (16.83), the 4x1 meter relay team of Tina Fournier, Alyssa Witbeck, Makayla Green and Turley (55.85).

Tea was second in the high jump (5-0) and 200-meter dash (29.2) and Mara VanOrder was runner-up in the 400-meter dash (1:04.19).

“Grace Hamilton ran all four distance events tonight,” said Evart coach Ken Willems. “That’s hard to do. She did real well.”

Hamilton was third in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.

“Mara VanOrder had four events and did well, “ Willems said. “Jessica Tea had three wins (overall) and a second. Tabby Turley won both hurdles.”

Beal City has been leading the league race for girls.

“They’re tough, they’ll be awfully hard for anybody to beat,” Willems said. “They have a lot of distance and middle distance runners.”

Central Montcalm Invitational

STANTON — Evart took fifth place for the boys and fourth for the girls among 10 teams competing at the Central Montcalm Hornet Relays on Saturday. Saranac won for the boys and Ionia for the girls.

The Evart boys were led by Zack Parshall who was first in the high jump (5-10); Larry VanBuren, who was fourth in the 100 meters (12.25) and third in the shot put (41-7)’  Dillon Danley second in the 400 meters (25.08), Santana Scott who was third (4:43.08) and Max Hodges fourth (4:52.53) in the 1,600 meters, Micah Wetters who was fourth (19.95) and Andrew Maxwell fifth (20.11) in the 110-meter hurdles, the 800-meter relay team third (1:39.12), the 1,600-meter team (4:13.91) third, and the 3,200-meter relay squad of Scott, Hodges, Josh Woods and Major Griffin second (8:47.77).

Evart took the top three spots in the discus with Dean Marsh (125-6 3/4), Josh Decator (123-3 1/4) and VanBuren (114-5 1/4). Cody Pritchard was second (19-10 1/2) and Danley third (18-3) in the long jump.

For the girls, Brooke Belleville was third in the 200 meters (30.69), Mara VanOrder first in the 400 meters (1:04.81),Grace Hamilton first in the 3,200 meters (12:36.7), Tabby Turley first in the 100-meter hurdles (18.64), Brooke Bellville third in the 300 hurdles (1:02.18), the 400 relay team second (57.01), the 800 relay team second (2:01.28), the 800 relay team second (11:54.3), Kirstin Parsons second in the shot put (34-4 1/2) and discus (99-4 1/2) and Alyssa Witbeck first in the high jump (4-8).

“Our top point-getter, Jessica Tea, was out of town,” said Willems. “So we approached this meet a little different. It was a relaxed day.”