Evart relay runner ready to produce more points for Wildcats

EVART — It’s close to the end of the season and Evart girls track and field athletes like Tina Fournier are looking to peak at the right time.

Fournier was on the 400-meter relay team that won for the Wildcats in a Highland Conference meet recently at Marion.  She was also in the 800-meter relay.

Fournier has been first leg in the 400 relay, which defeated both Beal City and Marion.

“We’ve been doing a lot better than last year,” she said. “Last year’s time was 57 (seconds). Now we’re running like 56 or 55. The only people that have changed are McKayla Green and Alyssa Witbeck.”

The relay team clocked a 55.85 at Marion.

Fournier’s a junior and has been in the relays this year. She likes the improvement the team has made so far. The team was third at regionals in 55.88.

“We still have to improve our handoffs a little bit,” Fournier said. “We  shoot for the school’s record.”

Fournier also has been in the long jump. She’s trying to improve her distance but continues to do well in the relays.

“We can knock off at least a second from our handoffs,” Fournier said. “We’ve been trying to get through because it’s been cold. (As a team) we’ve been doing pretty good. We’ve gotten first at a couple of meets.”

Fournier and the Wildcats were second at the regionals recently.

“We have to keep working hard, improving our handoffs and get everything perfect,” she said.