EVART – She’s only in her first year of track at Evart but junior Katelyne VanMourik is expected to be a major point producer for the Wildcats this season.

She’s had a background in middle school track but this is VanMourik’s first varsity season.

“There wasn’t soccer here,” said VanMourik, who moved to Evart prior to the season and decided to join the track program. She’ll be in the hurdles and the relays, plus pole vault and short distances.

VanMourik qualified for the state finals in cross country last fall but isn’t planning on running the distances in track.

At Grand Valley in late March during an indoor meet, VanMourik placed seventh for Evart in the 300 hurdles.

VanMourik decided to run the hurdles during the outdoor season because of her past involvement with that event in middle school. Her steps between the hurdles will be critical, she indicated.

VanMourik anticipates that her times will improve. Right now, it appears she’ll be the only Wildcat competing in the hurdles.

“Every season, everything I do I get better at,” she said.

Coming up, the Wildcats have a home meet April 12 with Morley Stanwood and are at Reed City on April 14. Evart is at the Morley Stanwood Invitational on April 16 and is home April 18 with Farwell and Harrison and at Montabella on April 21. Another home meet is set for April 26 against McBain Northern Michigan Christian.

Evart also runs at Marion May 2 and at Harrison May 4. The Wildcats are home May 10 with Manton and Pine River. The Highland Conference meet is May 24 at Beal City.

“The team is looking OK,” VanMourik said. “I think we can get better though.”

Better weather and more exposure to the outdoors will help the team be more competitive, VanMourik predicted.