Evart makes debut on home course with victory over Reed City

Lindsey Greer of Reed City crosses the finish line last Friday against Evart. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)
Lindsey Greer of Reed City crosses the finish line last Friday against Evart. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

EVART – Evart’s boys cross country squad defeated Reed City 18-41 in a non-league dual cross country meet Friday at Spring Hill camp.

It was the debut for Evart at its new home course.

The Wildcats took the top four spots with Max Hodges at 17:31, Santana Scott at 18:40, Josh Wood at 18:42 and Zach Douglas at 18:52.

“Interesting course,” Douglas said. “We have a hill or two. It’s pretty sandy. We go through a field and try to build up some momentum and keep the intensity.”

Compared to the other home course, “I like it. Just run hard,” Douglas said. “I’ve had some good races. We’re working hard and hoping to bring home a state championship.”

Hodges, a senior, was happy with his race.

“There wasn’t really anyone to push me or anything,” he said. “I ran, it was kind of like a training day today. It was my first time running this course. It was all right. There were a couple of sections I’m not too fond of. There’s a lot of sand.”

His best time so far is a 16:51 but he wants to get into the 15s.

Reed City finished five through seven with Drake Walker at 19:54, Kris Kellogg at 20:07 and Matt McGahey seventh 21:29.

Also for Evart, it was Andrew Bengry ninth at 22:17, Nick Niles 11th at 23:47 and Gabe Mooney 12th at 24:01.

Reed City for the first time this season had five runners to qualify as a team. Jimmy Bywater was 10th at 22:17 and Zach Borst 13th at 27:51.

The Reed City girl had five runners but Evart had just four and didn’t qualify as a team.

“My numbers are up now so we have two full scoring teams,” said Reed City coach Brad Smith. “They’re doing good. We’re making progress. The runners that have been with me since the beginning of the season, those times are coming down. I’m pretty happy with them.”

For Evart, Grace Hamilton was first in 22:31 and Clairece Clark second in 24:07. Brooke Belleville was fifth in 26:57 and Stevie Duey eighth in 31:30.

Lindsey Greer and Joelyn Gamble took third and fourth for Reed City at 26:23 and 26:45.

Also for the Coyotes, Lindsey Kienitz was sixth in 27:00, Emily Nardone seventh in 29:23 and Shanna Riley ninth in 31:33.