Evart boys win another Highland Conference title

Conference winners: Evart track team makes it two straight state titles. (Courtesy photo)
Conference winners: Evart track team makes it two straight state titles. (Courtesy photo)

GOBLES — That’s two straight state championships for the Evart boys track team.

The Wildcats made it two in a row in Division 4 by winning the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association (MITCA) state meet Saturday at Gobles for the second straight season.

Evart had 1,664.50 points compared to 1,458.50 for Saugatuck, 1,383 for Summerfield and 1,244.50 for White Cloud. There were 14 teams that scored.

The Wildcats pulled off the trick under first-year coach Dennis Peacock.

“Our kids really performed well,” Peacock said. “It’s hard to find places to (single out) individuals. It’s a total team thing. We performed well in just about everything. It was pretty exciting.”

The Wildcats had a cushion of more than 200 points for first place.

“We thought it was closer than it actually was,” Peacock said. “Our kids just did really, really well. We sprinted well, the throwers threw well, we had three of the top 10 in the vault, we had three of the top 12 in the high jump. The relay teams ran personal bests. It was just an overall good day.”

The distances were again a key weapon for Evart, as David Zinger won the 3,200-meter run in 9:51.94 while Santana Scott was third in 10:25.32 and Zach Douglas eighth in 10:51.57.

The Wildcats went two-three-four in the 1600-meter run with Logan Hammer in 4:40.51, Max Hodges in 4:41.4 and Santana Scott in 4:43.5.55.

Notching seconds were the foursome of Max Hodges, Logan Hammer, Santana Scott and David Zinger in the 3,200-meter in 8:30.7 plus the 400 relay foursome of Alex Newton, Struble, Dylan Danley and Larry VanBuren in 45.26 seconds and the 1,600-meter group of Newton, John Danley, Zinger and Hammer in 3:33.55.

Taking thirds were Nathan Struble in the 100-meter dash in 11.79 and the 800-meter relay foursome of Alex Newton, Struble, Dylan Danley and John Danley in 1:34.70.

Zinger, Hodges and Hammer were four-five-seven in the 800-meter run in 2:05.01, 2:05.43, and 2:07.48.

Earning fifth places was Alex Newton in the 200-meter dash in 23.57 seconds.

Evart also had a big day in the field events. Jacob Hopkins won the high jump in 6-4 while Zach Parshall was eighth in 5-8. Ricky Miller won the pole vault in 13-10 while Chapman Long was seventh in 11-6 and Gavin Chupp was 10th in 10-6. Hopkins was fourth in the long jump in 19-01.

Evart scored well in the throws in the discus, Dean Marsh was fifth, Josh Decator seventh and VanBuren 10th in 129-4, 124-11 and 119-6 In the shot put, Marsh was sixth in 45-2 1/2.

“The kids are very very excited,” Peacock said. “Down at the end we thought we were doing well but didn’t know how we were doing (in the standings). They got the trophy and took a victory lap. We knew going in that Saugatuck was the team we needed to beat. We beat them head-to-head in most everything.”

The MITCA meet takes the champions from Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) regionals the previous week and from other qualifying standards. The teams are scored based on how everyone from a team performs at a particular event. The MHSAA state meets, which are this Saturday, are based on performances from athletes that have qualified from the regionals May 17 or 18.

Evart will be in the Division 4 MHSAA meet at Hudsonville.