Evart boys win another Highland Conference title

LAKE CITY — Three days after winning the Division 4 regional title, the Evart boys added the Highland Conference championship to their tally with a first-place effort in Tuesday’s meet (May 21) at Lake City.

Evart was first at 173 while Lake City was second at 159.5 and Pine River third at 115.

Evart netted first places from David Zinger in the 3,200-meter run in 10:20.14 and 1,600-meter run in 4:44.7, Max Hodges in the 800-meter run in 2:01.36, the foursome of Scott, Logan, Hammer, Max Hodges and Dave Zinger in the 3,200-meter relay in 8:26.74, the foursome of Alex Newton, John Danley, Zinger and Hammer in the 1,600-meter relay in 3:36.99, Dean Marsh in the discus with a throw of 130-9 and Jacob Hopkins in the high jump at 6-5 1/4.

“What a fun meet it was,” said Evart coach Dennis Peacock. “I had us down going into the two mile.”

Zinger was first in that event while teammate Santana Scott took second.

”Santana had a great race,” Peacock said. “This meet was a lot of fun. It was close the whole way.”

Pine River was led by Dustin Ecker, who won the 110 hurdles in 15.98 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 40.98 seconds.

Beal City won the girls meet with 213 points while Pine River was second at 89 and Evart third at 86.

Tabitha Turley of Evart won the 100 hurdles in 16.94 seconds.

“We had a lot of girls step up and have their PRs,” said Evart coach Amanda Langell. “They had some season bests. We were in second place until the pole vault got finished.”

Amanda Farrell PRed in the long jump and high jump, Langell noted, while Sydney Cleland PRed in the discus. Mara VanOrder was second in the 400-meter dash and Jessica Tea was second in the 200 dash and third in the high jump. Grace Hamilton was third in the 3,200-meter run.

Katelyn Parsons was third in the discus and Kirsten Parsons third in the shot put.

Pine River won the 800-meter relay in 1:50.09 with the foursome of Amber Ingraham, Valerie Holmes, Michelle Kelsey and Shiloh Ruppert in 1;50.09. Devyn Powell of Pine River took the 100 dash in 13.11 seconds while teammate Mariah Holmes took the pole vault in 10 feet. The Pine River foursome of Jasmine Blackrick, Holmes, Devyn Powell and Michelle Kelsey won the 400-meter relay in 52.08 seconds.

“The girls track team did very well last night at the conference meet, placing 2nd behind a strong Beal City,” said Pine River coach Dick Dietrick. “There were many personal bests including Mary Ware in the shot, Hailey Gunther in the discus, Shiloh Ruppert in the 300 hurdles, and Allyssa Witbeck in the long jump.”