EVART — Tabby Turley returns for her junior season with Evart’s track team, hopeful of scoring valuable points in the hurdles.

Turley is in her third year of high school track. She also hurdled in middle school. She focuses on the 100 hurdles but will also do the 300s this year. The 4x1 relay is among her other events. Turley won the conference and regional title in the hurdles and advanced to the state finals.

Last season her best time was 16.7.

“I think I can get the lower 16s if I practice really hard,” she said. “I would like to try three-stepping this year. Maybe if I can’t get used to it, I’ll probably go back to four-stepping. Definitely to get faster, I need to take an extra step out somewhere and then improve my speed.”

Last season was a solid one for Turley but she’s looking for improvements. For the most part, the Wildcats have been indoors.

“The wind, if it’s coming at you, it’s hard to go through,” she said. “It’s hard to jump.”

Warmer weather will help Turley pick up better times, especially when it’s calm.

She’s hopeful that the Wildcats will enjoy depth in the hurdles.

“I have a couple of freshmen and some new girls trying out,” Turley said. “I’m coaching them along the way, teaching them what to do.”

Turley and her teammates competed recently indoors at Grand Valley State. Turley was second in the 60-meter hurdles in 10.22 seconds and sixth in the 200 meters in 28.86 seconds.

“I think we’re looking very solid,” she said. “We have a lot of individuality in different places.”

Evart is on break this week. The first meet after break is scheduled to be at Mesick April 17. The first home meet is April 24 with Kingsley.

In the Highland Conference, Turley expects Beal City to be very strong in the hurdles.