Evart long jumper signs with Ferris

Mackenzi VanBuren (center) signed a letter of intent to run track and field at Ferris recently. He was joined by her parents, Brad and Michelle. (Courtesy photo)

Mackenzi VanBuren (center) signed a letter of intent to run track and field at Ferris recently. He was joined by her parents, Brad and Michelle. (Courtesy photo)

VART – Mackenzi VanBuren recently finished an impressive track and field career with the Evart Wildcats.

She’s now taking her talents to Ferris State University.

VanBuren recently signed a national letter of intent to run track and field with the Bulldogs.

She ran the sprints and relays as an Evart senior, but said her top event was the long jump. She had a personal record of 17 feet, 1.5 inches for first place in the regional to qualify for the state meet. She had a 15.3.25 at the state meet for 17th place.

Van Buren also had a jump of 15-11 in the Highland Conference meet for second place.

“At the beginning of the season I didn’t have the greatest of starts because coming off a year we missed made it very hard,” VanBuren said. “I started at the tail end to exceed my expectations. My goal was 17 and by the middle of the year, I didn’t look like I’d get there. But I got it at regionals.”

Her strengths in that event are “having confidence,” VanBuren said. “You have to make sure your steps are on.”

Perfect weather for a long jumper was “warm and a little bit or no wind,” VanBuren said.

Despite being involved in other events, VanBuren wanted to focus mainly on the long jump

VanBuren said she talked to Ferris coaches and asked if there would be an opportunity there. Ferris coaches said yes.

“I love running, it’s been my passion,” VanBuren said, “indicating she will run and long jump at FSU. I will work throughout the summer on what we’ve been doing throughout the season.”

She will report to Ferris in August, Van Buren said.