Evart cross country teams defeat Beaverton

EVART — It’s becoming an intriguing time of the year for the Evart cross country team.

Evart will run at Pine River Wednesday in the Highland Conference meet. The Wildcat boys are second in the league right now.

Regionals for Division 4 are Oct. 25 at Delta College.

“We’re right on the cusp with Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart battling for third place to make it to state,” Evart coach Kevin Mills said. “It will be a fight all the way to the end there.”

Evart doubled its pleasure with two nonleague cross country victories Tuesday at Spring Hill Camp over Beaverton.

The boys posted a 21-36 victory while the girls engineered a 23-33 win.

Both girls team had just four runners.

The Evart boys took five of the top seven places against Beaverton. Santana Scott and Josh Woods were one-two at 17:46 and 18:10.

“It was good race for me,” Woods said. “We’re kind of in a recovery week right now. With this being a little easier of a race for me, it was good to run that fast. An 18:10, I would have been very happy with that time last year.”

Micah Wetters was fifth in 19:47, Andrew Bengry was sixth in 20:40, Nick Niles was fifth in 22:18, Ryan Albright was 10th in 24:01 and Jacob Quist was 11th in 24:17.

“The guys came out and ran real hard,” Mills said. “It’s going to be a great meet to work off of to get ready for our final conference meet and regional.”

Evart took four of the first five places in the girls race.

Clairese Clark was first in 23:20, Mara VanOrder third in 26:11, Brooklynn Elenbaas fourth in 27:23 and Arianna Mooney fifth in 28:33.

“You couldn’t ask for better running weather and scenery out there,” Mills said, adding that Mooney “joined us as a freshman this year and she’s been improving on her time every meet and working hard.”

Mills expects a full girls team next year to score in every meet.