Evart boys track team eager to go after Highland title

EVART — Evart’s track facility will be the location of what the Wildcat boys coaching staff is hoping will be the scene of a Highland Conference championship effort this season.

He’ll be in the 3,200-meter run. Three key Wildcats that will be expected to score points include Logan Hammer, Brady Hasse and Jesse Lange.

Hammer, a junior, has had a strong background in distances for the Wildcats. For the 800 and 3,200-meter relay I want to get my 800 splits down to a 2:03, for my two-mile, I wanted to break into the nines. For the mile I want to get into the low 4s,” he said. “I’ve been training all winter.”

The three-week preseason in March featured comfortable temperatures, allowing Hammer and his teammates to have extensive workouts outdoors.

“It’s preparing us for later in the season so it won’t be so dramatic at regional time,” Hammer said. “We’re really strong (in the distances). The team is looking really strong. We working out the kinks right now.”

Lang, a senior, is coming off strong seasons in both football and basketball for his final sport as a Wildcat athlete. He’ll be in the 4 by 8 relay, the open 400 and other relays. It’s his third year to stay in track. He went to the state finals last season. He’s hoping to help the team do well in the conference, regionals and at state.

“Hopefully, we’ll do really good this year, we have an outstanding long distance team,” he said.

Hasse is a senior who will be looking to score points for the Wildcats in the long jump, 300 hurdles and the 100 and 200 dashes, plus some relays. He’s had four years of track.

“I want to medal and make it to state in a couple of things,” Hasse said. “My best event would be the 300 hurdles.”

In the hurdles, Hasse uses his speed in the hurdles while he’s hoping to improve on clearing them.

“We’re decent (in the hurdles),” he said. “We have a couple of good seniors in it. It’s not bad.”

The Highland Conference meet will be May 22 at Evart.

“We’ll be strong,” Hasse said. “We have some really good athletes.”