Evart runner eyes next season
EVART - The bad news for Evart track standout Riley Clark is she didn't have a spring sports season because of the coronavirus crisis.
The good news is she's only a sophomore and has two seasons of eligibility remaining. His would have marked her second season of track.
"Last year, I had a lot of team bonding and made new friends," Clark said. "I still have the future and it will follow me into cross country season."
Clark said she tried various track and field events last season.
"Coach put me in middle distance and I exceled in those," she said.
Her events last year would have been the 4x800 and 4x400 relays, plus the 800 and the discus and shot put. For the throws, she was only planning on the discus this year.
For the distances, "I have a really good kick at the end," Clark said. "I pace myself the whole race. At the beginning, it's kind of iffy."
If there had been a season, Clark eyed 100 feet in the discus.
"My body isn't really built for shot put," she said. "It's more built for discus."
The 800 remains her best running event. Her PR was 3:11.20 and she was hoping to break it this season.
Clark's had two years of cross country.
"I prefer cross country over track because I feel my mental aspect builds up and I feel 100 percent better," Clark said. "I like the team aspect better."
Clark said she was "super bummed" when spring sports were canceled.
"I was looking forward to this year and to excel and do 100 percent better," she said.
Clark will now prepare for the 2020 cross country season.