Evart boys track teamtakes regional title
BRETHREN — Evart dominated the Division 4 boys regional track and field meet at Brethren on Saturday for championship honors.
The Wildcats picked up 158.50 points to finish way ahead of second-place Traverse City St. Francis with 67.
As a result of the regionals, the Wildcats will get to compete this Saturday in the MITCA Team Track and Field finals which they won in Division 4 last season. The MHSAA state finals are June 1.
“The kids did really well,” said Evart coach Dennis Peacock, “Looking at it, when we looked at things we needed to do, we did about as well as we could have. I thought we had a good chance to win the regional. About everything was positive. There were only three events we didn't score in.”
Evart went one-two in the pole vault with Chapman Long at 11-11.1 and Rick Miller at 11-10.
Dean Marsh of Evart won the shot put at 44-4.75 while Larry VanBuren was third at 42-11. Jacob Hopkins was fourth at 19-4.5.
Hopkins won the high jump at 6-3.
In the 100-meter dash, Nate Struble was third at 11.68.
Evart also took first in the 3,200-meter relay with Logan Hammer, John Danley, Max Hodges and David Zinger in 8:30.36.
Ware was second in the 200-meter dash at 23.48 while Alex Newton was third at 23.56.
Evart’s foursome of Newton, Nate Struble, Dillon Danley and John Danley was second in the 800 relay in 1:35.04.
Crossroads got a first place from Andy Duddles in the 400-meter dash in 52.37.
The trio of Zinger, Hammer and Hodges was one-two-three in the 1,600-meter run in 4:40.06, 4:40.23 and 4:41.
Hodges won the 800 meters in 2:02.67 while Logan Hammer was fourth in 2:06.68. The foursome in the 400 meter relay of Newton, Struble, Dillon Danley and VanBuren was third in 45.59.
Zinger was first in 10:11.48 and Santana Scott third in 10:30.19. Evart also won the 1,600-meter relay in 3:32.83 with the foursome of Hopkins, John Danley, Zinger and Hammer in 3:32.83.
Athletes go to the MHSAA finals if they place in the top four of their events and if they meet or surpass a certain qualifying standard. All four of the Wildcat relay teams qualified.
“We had some really good performances that didn't quite make it,” Peacock said.
The MITCA state meet will be at Gobles. All participants in an event at the MITCA meet gets a score.
“We're going to try like crazy to win it again,” Peacock said. “I know Saugatuck is good and they're deep. I think we'll do very well. We scored in a lot of events. We don't have many holes. Even the events we don't score in, we're getting better.”
Evart was third in the girls meet at Brethren with 66 points. Traverse City St. Francis had 147 and Onekama scored 90.
Kaitlyn Parsons was second in the discus at 101-7. Her sister, Kirsten Parsons, won the shot put at 32-3. Tabby Turley was first in the 100 hurdles at 16.41.
Evart went one-two in the high jump with Jessica Tea-hui and Mara VanOrder at 5-3 and 4-9. Grace Coach Amanda Langell noted that her all of her girls participated in various events.
“The girls did great,” Langell said. “Mara PRed by four seconds in the 800. She barely missed qualifying in that.”
Hamilton was fourth in the 3,200-meter run in 12:36.73.
Evart will compete at the Pioneer Friday in Big Rapids.