Evart hurler looking for another championship season

EVART — When Evart had an outdoor track and field meet Friday at home against Hesperia, Wildcat coach Ken Willems pointed out one significant aspect of the event:

His Highland Conference championship hurdler Tabby Turley had her first outdoor meet of the season.

Turley, a senior, is in her fourth varsity season. She won regionals and conference titles in the 100 hurdles last spring and qualified for the state meet. She exceeded her expectations.

“I had PRs multiple times,” Turley said. “I had some good runs. I had my rhythm down a lot better than the year before and I picked up my speed.”

Turley ran at an indoor meet at Saginaw and was waiting to be 100 percent healthy to focus on our her goals for this season.

“I would really like to place in states this year,” she said, “and keep my titles for regional and conference champs (in 100 hurdles).”

Turley hopes to get into the 15-second range for that event.

“I need to lengthen out my stride, get my legs down faster and keep my arms moving,” she said.

Her second best event may be the 4x100 relay.

“I’m also trying the long jump this year,” Turley said. “I did really good for my first time at Saginaw.”

Turley is looking for the mid-to-upper 16s for the long jump.

“I’ve never done a field event before, I wanted to try it and, it’s worked out,” she said. “You have to be able to jump high.”

Evart is at Pine River Wednesday.

“I think we’re strong,” Turley said. “We may not get as many first places that we would get last year but we still look strong in many areas.”

Evart was second in conference and regionals last year. 

“I think we can do that again, if not better,” Turley said.