Evart cross country in command of league race
EVART — Evart’s boys cross country team strengthened its hold on first place in the Highland Conference by winning the second league jamboree Oct. 4 at Lake City.
The Wildcats had the winner in each race, David Zinger for the boys, Katelyne VanMourick for the girls and Santana Scott for the junior high.
The girls team took fourth for Evart.
Zinger had a first-place time of 16:52, while Logan Hammer was second in 17:10, Max Hodges seventh in 17:51, Antonio Militello ninth in 19:31, Alex Newton 20th in 19:31 and Ryan Tuttle 29th in 20:20.
VanMourick had a time of 20:51, followed by Grace Hamilton in 14th with 23:54, Katie Parsons 24th in 24:41 and Taylor McLachlan in 25th with 24:49. Brianna Connor was 30th in 25:08, Bridget Moore 57th with 28:57 and Franziska Kroenke 60th in 30:03.
Despite having one of his top runners leave the girls team, coach Andy Eichelberger said it was still encouraging to see how well the squad performed.
Scott had a time of 12:03 for first in the junior high race while Josh Woods was sixth in 12:41, Clarise Clarke 18th in 14:07, Brooke Belleville 27th in 15:00 and Tom Galley 57th in 18:57.
On Tuesday, Oct. 5, the Coyotes participated in the final CSAA jamboree of the season.
Joe Oehrli was second in 16:27, Drake Walker 40th in 20:31 and Matt McGahey 41st in 20:33.
For the girls, Amanda Steig was 26th in 24:45.7, Emily McIntosh 27th in 25:16 and Lindsay Ridderman 32nd in 25:46.
Thursday of last week, Reed City ran at Mason County Central,with Oehrli taking runnerup honors in 16:47.
“My young freshman has been improving his times each week,” said Reed City coach Brad Smith. “He had two PRs last week. He had a 20:16 on Thursday, his best of the year.”
Reed City is at Manistee on Thursday.
Pine River’s boys were third last Thursday in the Mesick Invitational.
For the Bucks, Trevor Holmes was first in 17:26, Caleb Elkins 10th in 18:59, Mitchell Kelsey 22nd in 19:45.3, Joshua Phillips 24th in 19:47, Ben Rigling 26th in 19:51, Greg Schafer 29th in 20:23 and Robert Ragatski 35th in 21:44.
The Pine River girls were sixth. Jasmine Hubeck was 19th in 25:08, Jessica Stonto 34th in 26:16, Angela Nicholson 39th in 26:58, Suzanna Johnson 47th in 28:10 and Mariah Curtis 56th in 31:37.
At a Highland Conference jamboree on Oct. 4, Pine River’s boys were third in a Highland Conference jamboree at Lake City. The girls were seventh.
The final jamboree is next Tuesday at Pine River.
Holmes led the Bucks by placing third overall in the boys race.
Pine River coach Ross Vrieze noted that his top girls runner Devyn Powell has struggled with respiratory issues in recent meets.
Angela Nicholson was a cheerleader her sophomore and junior years but is running cross this fall and provided key performances for the girls.
“Overall we were satisfied with the boys places,” Vrieze said.
Pine River is at Montabella on Friday.