Evart distance runner looking to score more points for boys track team

EVART  — Evart’s track team is expected to be solid in the distances this season with the presence of such cross country standouts as junior Josh Woods.

His main event will be the 1,600-meter run, and he is hoping to qualify for the state finals.

“I’m hoping to run low 4:30s,” he said. “That would be good. I’m also going to focus on the 800 and I’m hoping for a low two minutes. I’m going to be running a leg of the 4x4 and maybe the 400 sometimes. I haven’t really done that before but I’m hoping for a 53 or 54 in that.”

Woods is contending to be an all-stater.

“The top eight at state would be really cool to do in the mile,” he said. “But in the long run, I’m focusing on a personal record and time. My strength in the mile would be pacing. Especially in the bigger meets, guys like to start out real hot. I make my comeback in the last lap so I’m passing people.”

Woods indicated the 800 would be his second best event.

“My strength is definitely endurance and the ability to keep my top speed for awhile,” he said.

Woods likes Evart’s potential in the distances this spring.

“We have Santana and my brother, they’ll be good in the two mile,” he said. “Santana and I should do some damage in the mile. We have some backup in a lot of other things.”

Evart opened the season in late March at Sparta.

“Sparta was good, we were with a lot of Division 2 schools,” Woods said. “It was good to race with people from bigger schools with more people. Me and Santana got to race a lot of people in the distance events.”

Evart was scheduled to be at Vestaburg on Tuesday and will be at Roscommon on Friday.

“Conference and regionals look good this year,” Woods said. “We have a lot of depth in distances and middle distances.”