Evart boys take track regional title in bizarre fashion

EVART — Evart boys track coach Dennis Peacock was figuring out the point totals during Saturday’s Division 4 track and field regional at Breckenridge and told his 4x400 relay team if it won the last event of the day, the Wildcats would sneak out a first-place finish.

The Wildcats won that race, but when the team results were announced, Saginaw Nouvel was declared the champion.

But on his way home with the team, Peacock got a text message requesting he make a phone call. His team had actually won and taken first place overall.

Evart had a 141.5-139 win over Saginaw Nouvel. The Wildcat girls were eighth.

Nouvel had been announced as the boys winner 139-133.5.

“It just didn’t seem right,” Peacock said. “I must have missed something somewhere. We got on the bus and started going through the stuff I had written out and I compared it to the results sheet.”

He had some of his athletes look at the scores.

“They came up with the same thing I did,” he said.

Peacock got a text message during his trip back and called one of the other coaches, who said meet officials from host school Breckenridge were trying to get ahold of him.

“They had not figured in the points from the 3,200 relay which was the first running event of the day,” Peacock said. “We had eight points and Nouvel had none so we won 141.5-139. We were on the bus on the way home before we figured it out. They kind of stole our thunder, but we’ll take it.

“It was an interesting story, I thought.”

Danny Griffin won the 400 meters (52.22). Josh Woods was fourth in the 800 meters (2:06.88). Santana Scott was first (4:27.93) and Woods third (4:38.35) in the 1,600 meters. Scott was first (9:59.52) and Nathan Woods third (10:28.09) in the 3,200 meters. Micah Wetters was third (17.29) in the 110 hurdles, and fourth in the 300 hurdles (45.31).

“We had a lot of really good performances,” Peacock said. “The kids did well. Look at Austin Hamilton, a freshman, who took seventh place (in the 3,200 meters). That’s two points right there. The relays ran well. It’s hard to name names and point kids out. It was a total team effort.”

Cody Pritchard, Kyle Stokes, Dillon Danley and Wetters were second in the 4x100 relay (45.84), Pritchard, Danley, Stokes and Griffin were second in the 2x400 relay (1:34.76), Pritchard, Josh Woods, Zach Parshall and Griffin were first in the 4x400 relay (3:39.92) and Josh and Nathan Woods, Hamilton and Scott were second in the 4x800 relay (8:27.47).

Zach Parshall won the high jump (6-2) while Evart was one-two-three in the long jump with Cody Pritchard (18-3 ¾), Ben Randall (17-9) and Zach Parshall (17-7).

Peacock indicated his team will be at the MITCA state meet Saturday at Saugatuck. The Wildcats won the MITCA state titles in 2012 and 2013.

The Evart girls were eighth with 35 points.

Mara VanOrder was second in the high jump (5-0) and fourth in the 400 meters (11.77) and qualified in both for state, Brooke Belleville was fourth in the 100 meters (13.39) also to qualify. VanOrder, Belleville, Kylie Stokes and Macey Wallace were third in the 4x100 relay (53.25) and qualified for state.

“We actually had a pretty good performance for how many we had that were healthy,” Evart coach Todd Scott said. “We had a good showing. We’re down to 12 girls that are healthy and not sick.

“Sarah Nelson is a sophomore and took 11 seconds off her PR in the mile. She fought hard for what she placed. I expect good things from her next year. She just missed (qualifying). But she did really well.”