Evart junior runner having strong cross country season

EVART — Josh Woods and his Evart cross country team continue to work toward hitting some goals this season.

The Wildcats have had some challenging races including at their home invitational.

“It was a good race,” Woods said. “We knew we were out to beat Bear Lake to race with them. I had to race the whole thing with their top two runners. It was fun.”

Last week, Evart won the Highland Conference title.

This is Woods’ junior season. He’s been in cross country, including middle school, for five seasons.

“Is going great,” he said. “It’s fun to be a part of this team. I’ve been a part of it for so long.”

Woods likes the way he improved this season.

“I got to start out this season about where I finished last year,” he said. “That’s a good feeling. Summer running paid off. Now’s the time we’re starting to peak. It’s fun.”

Woods has a goal of being under 16:30 at the state finals this season.

“It looks like I’m on track for that,” he said. “Last year, I ran a 17:11 at state.”

He beat that time earlier in the season. But for a 16:30, “it’s going to take hard work,” Woods said. “We still have some workouts left so we’re as fast as we can be. That’s what’s going to get me there.”

The Wildcats run at regionals Friday at Carson City-Crystal.

“I think we’re looking real good,” Woods said. “We have some really strong freshmen this year, which helps us out a lot. We don’t lose anyone from last year. We’re working hard and it looks good at state.”

The Wildcats, Woods noted, are hoping for top five, possibly three, at the state finals.

His brother, Nathan Woods, is a freshman.

“He’s looking great,” Josh Woods said. “He’s been keeping up with me for most of the races. It’s not what we expected, but it’s really cool to see him there.”