Evart girls track team expecting points from Parsons, VanOrder
EVART — Kirsten Parsons is in her junior season and figures on scoring a lot of points for Evart’s track team.
The same holds true for freshman Mara VanOrder.
Parsons won regionals last year and went to state in the shot put.
Parsons has been working on her form this season. She and her teammates have done some running. Winter weather prevented the Wildcats from doing too much prior to this week, which is spring break. The track was under snow for the three weeks of practice prior to the break.
When practices resume, Parsons hopes to work effectively on her throws
So far in her high school career, Parsons’ bests throws have been 32-7 1/2 for shot put and 82-4 for discus.
“This year, I’m hoping to get 35 feet in the shot put,” Parsons said. “I really need to work on the discus. I’m hoping to get like 95 to 100.”
Parsons is hopeful of returning in the shot put at the state finals.
Parsons is expecting to also do some running events for the Wildcats.
“We have such a small team,” she said. “I will probably be in middle distances.”
Evart is at the Morley Stanwood Invitational on April 13.
Last season, VanOrder broke the middle school record in the pole vault in the high jump with a clearance of 4-10 1/2.
VanOrder medaled in late March at the Grand Valley Invitational in the 800 open and 2,400-meter relay.
VanOrder is going for a 2:20 in the 800 and wants to clear more than 5 feet in the high jump.
“I’m really focusing on my middle distance events,” she said. “My last meet I got like 2:40. I start out strong and I have a good kick at the end.”
VanOrder and Jessica Tea will be looking to score points in the high jump. Among the other strong middle distance runners are Grace Hamilton for Evart.
“I’m really looking to get outdoors to practice high jump,” VanOrder said.