Wildcats complete dual season with unblemished record with wins against Pine River, Manton on Tuesday

EVART  — Evart’s boys track and field team took a huge step toward another Highland Conference title Tuesday night.

The Wildcats finished the dual season undefeated after an 86-68 win over Pine River and a 93-69 verdict over Manton.

Pine River survived Manton, 93-70.

The girls meet was incredibly competitive. Evart edged Pine River, 81.5-80.5, and lost to Manton, 89-74. Pine River fell to Manton, 84-79.

Evart will zero in on the overall league title at the Highland meet next Tuesday at McBain.

In the Evart-Pine River boys battle, Santana Scott won the 3,200 meter run for Evart (10:24.98) and the 1,600 meters (4:43.7). Also first were Dean Marsh in the discus (135-2) and shot put (45-2); Max Hodges in the 800 meters (2:04.23); the 3,200 meter relay team of Scott, Josh Woods, Zach Douglas and Hodges (9:04.84); the 400-meter relay team of Cody Pritchard, Valdemar Maintz, Dillon Danley and Larry VanBuren (3:52.07) and Zach Parshall in the high jump (6-0).

“This came down to the two mile, all the way down to the end,” Evart boys coach Dennis Peacock said. “Pine River has a really good team, Manton has a good team. We had it figured out ahead of time and thought it would come down to the last two races.

“We’d like to win the league meet,” he added.

The Bucks picked up firsts from Ethan Crawford in the 110 hurdles (16.29) and 300 intermediate hurdles (45.29); the 800 relay team of Rigling, Nick Truax, Cole Gingrich and Robert Dagen (1:37.85); Gingrich in the pole vault (12-6), 100-meter dash (11.62) and 200 (24.27); Ben Rigling in the 400 (55.70); the 1,600-meter relay team of Derek Hartline, Chris Terburgh, Rigling and Austin Galbo (3:52.07) and Colten Rawson in the long jump (17-11).

“We stepped up really well in a bunch of events (Tuesday),” Pine River coach Eric Gebhard said. “We gambled on a couple and moved people around and we did well. I knew it’d be a close one with Evart.”

Tabby Turley had a big meet for Evart’s girls against Pine River with firsts in the 100-meter hurdles (16.96) and 300-meter hurdles (54.58). Other firsts came from Grace Hamilton in the 3,200-meter run (12:33.36), Mara Van Order in the 800 meters (2:39.59) and 400 meters (1:05.2), the 3,200-meter relay (12:50.2) and 1,600-meter relay (4:55.61) teams, Jessica Tea in the long jump (14-10.25) and Kirsten Parsons in the shot put (33-1).

“We did as well as we could do with the number of kids we have,” Evart girls coach Ken Willems said.

The Bucks got their firsts against Evart from Mary Ware in the discus (103-2), the 800-meter relay team (1:55.55), Cheyanna Rizor in the 1,600 meters (5:512.28), Devyn Powell in the 100-meter dash (13.11), Michelle Kelsey in the 200-meter dash (28.85) and high jump (4-10), the 400-meter relay team (54.67), and Anna Lindquist in the pole vault (8-0). Shiloh Ruppert, Kelsey, Jasmine Blackrick and Powell were on the relay teams.

“We knew Evart would give us a run for their money,” Pine River girls coach Jan Burch said. “It came down to the mile relay against Manton. The girls stepped it up (Tuesday).”

Friday, Pine River is at the Division 3 regionals in Clare. Evart runs Saturday at Marion in the Division 4 regionals.