Evart girls ready to start outdoor meets this week

EVART  — By the later part of this week, when his Evart girls track team is scheduled to have two meets, Wildcat coach Ken Willems is hoping the weather forecast calling for decent conditions is correct.

The Wildcats are coming off spring break after four weeks of practices and are ready for action.

During the spring break, Willems said a small amount of girls were at various volunteer practices.

“The track is clear,” he said. “We worked on it quite a lot. We’re looking forward to running. It’s been too long since the Grand Valley meet.”

The Wildcats ran indoors March 21 at Grand Valley for their only actual competition so far.

Willems was encouraged with his team’s performance at Grand Valley and is looking for various athletes to make key contributions.

The schedule calls for a meet at Mesick Thursday and an invitational at Morley Stanwood Saturday.

Sophomore Alyssa Witbeck, a sophomore, is in her first year at Evart after competing in her freshman season at Pine River. She does the sprints and is in both jumps. Her best efforts have been 4-8 in the high jump and 14-9 in the long jump.

Witbeck is looking at a 15-2 in the long jump and 4-10 in the high jump this season, if not better, in both. Evart has one of the top high jumpers in Division 4 in the state with Jessica Tea, and Witbeck hopes to add depth in that event.

“I’ll probably improve in every meet,” Witbeck indicated, adding that in the Highland Conference, Pine River should also have good jumpers.

Willems also expects Lexie Fehrenbach to help the team in her sophomore season. She’s expected to run in the relays and try the pole vault, along with other events. She was happy with her efforts at Grand Valley.

“We have a good team,” she said. “I think I’m moving up.”

“She’s a good runner and right now is trying the pole vault,” Willems said. “She’s doing a good job.”