Evart boys win regional track championship
BRECKENRIDGE — Evart’s boys track team outpointed its Highland Conference nemesis Beal City to take the Division 4 regional title at Breckenridge on Saturday, May 20.
The Wildcats won the 13-team field with 136.5 points compared to 119 for Beal City and 104.5 for Saginaw Nouvel.
The Evart girls had 28 points for 10th place.
For the Evart boys, Danny Griffin (12.46) and Cody Pritchard (12.7) were one-two in the 100 meters (24.14), Josh Woods was second in the 800 meters (2:07.55) and won the 1,600 meter run (4:42.25). Austin Hamilton was second in the 3,200-meter run. The foursome of Pritchard, Scott Martin, Kyle Stokes and Major Griffin was first in the 400 relay (45.54) and first in the 800 relay (1:33.82) The foursome of Nathan Woods, Alex Hamilton, Austin Hamilton and Josh Woods won the 3,200 relay (8:43.44). Martin won the high jump (5-11) and Ben Randall was third (5-11). Randall won the long jump (20-4).
“It was really cold, but the kids performed well,” Evart coach Dennis Peacock said. “It was really windy so the times weren’t all that good. The kids did really well. We got some points in places from some of our younger kids.
“We can always count on our horses with Griffin, Pritchard, the Woods kids and Hamilton kids and Stokes. Richie Foster (fifth) and Zolan Long (sixth) got us some points in the pole vault. Cameron Brasington and Foster got some points in the hurdles. Those are our freshmen and sophomores jumping in there and doing a good job.”
It was close again, against Beal City, Peacock noted.
“Austin Hamilton and Nathan Woods ran really well in the 200 and that kind of sealed it for us,” Peacock said.
Brooke Belleville was third for the Evart girls in the 100 meters (14.37). Macey Wallace was fifth in the 200 meters (29.44). Sarah Nelson was seventh in the 800 meters (2:44.03). The foursome of Belleville, Wallace, Kyle Stokes and Kaylee Ladd was third in the 400 relay (54.58). Wallace was third in the long jump (15-1 1/20).
Evart’s boys will run in the Division 4 MITCA state meet this weekend. The Highland Conference meet was Tuesday at Beal City.