Evart boys track team first in conference meet

EVART —  A few days after Evart had won its third straight regional title, the Wildcats made it two straight as Highland Conference champs by taking first at the league meet May 20 in McBain.

Evart had gone undefeated during the dual season.

The Wildcats had 184.9 points in the eight-team field to finish ahead of second-place Pine River at 154.4.

“We had a great night,” Evart coach Dennis Peacock said. “We had scored it going in and had us winning by 10 or 11, which isn’t really much. Most of our kids had right at or above their best performances of the year. It was fun.”

Dean Marsh was first in the shot put (49-4) and discus (129-8).

Max Hodges won the 800 meters (2:01.20) and was second in the 1,600 meters (4:39). Santana Scott was first in the 1,600 meters (4:39.0) and first in the 3,200 (10:21.20). Major Griffin was third (53.70) in the 400 meters. Josh Woods was third in the 3,200 meters (10:33.0). The 400-meter relay team was second in 45.90, the 800 relay squad third (1:37.20) and the 3,200-meter relay team of Griffin, Scott, Woods and Hodges was first (8:37.50)

“We scored in 14 of the 17 events,” Peacock said. “We dominated the one and two mile handily. Dean Marsh had a great night.”

The Evart girls scored 98 points to finish behind Beal City with 179 and Pine River with 108.5.

Tabby Turley won the 100 meter hurdles (16.60). Kirstin Parsons was first in the shot put (34-6).

Jessica Tea-Hui was second in the 100 meters (13.10), third in the 200 meters (27.40), second in the high jump (5-2) and third in the long jump (15-0). Mara VanOrder was fourth in the 400 meters (1:03.0) and fourth in the 800 meters (2:38.00). Grace Hamilton was third in the 1,600 meters (5:47.50) and third in the 3,200 meters (12:24.60). The foursome of Tina Fournier, Alyssa Witbeck, McKayla Green and Tabitha Turley was third (54.50) in the 400 relay.

“We got off to an impressive start,” Evart coach Ken Willems said. “On the track we were really good and ran the best we did  all year. It all worked out.”