Evart runners give team plenty of depth

EVART — Evart’s cross country teams are off to strong starts and are using the talent they have to provide plenty of depth in every meet.

Brian Flachs, a senior since the seventh grade, has been making key contributions for the Wildcats.

“It’s been tough but I’ve improved quite a bit,” he said. “I’ve been on varsity four years.”

Last season, when Evart won its second straight Highland Conference title, Flachs had a memorable moment at the state finals.

“I had my fastest time (18:13),” said Flachs, who was the fifth runner for the Wildcats last season and looks to be among the scoring runners for Evart again this year.

He’s one of two seniors on the team.

“I ran during the summer and sometimes during the winter,” said Flachs, who also runs track. “I want to beat my record of 18:13 and hopefully we can go to the states again. We have a pretty solid team. We’ve all improved quite a bit. The strongest part for me is probably my second mile. My second mile is where I really have to push it.”

But Flachs said he wants to get better at his first mile, saying it’s “a little too slow.”

Taylor McLachlan, is a junior in her fifth year of competitive cross country for Evart and fourth in high school.

Last season “we had a full team and we did all right,” McLachlan said. “Sometimes we had injured people. I had (hip) injuries and didn’t do as well as I would have liked. But I did all right.”

But McLachlan is healthy now and likes how she ran at Chippewa Hills.

“I came in for the middle of the team, I did all right,” said McLachlan, whose best time is 22:43. “I’m hoping to get back into the 22s. I’ll try to improve on the while thing.”

Her finish and start are usually the best parts of McLachlan’s race.

“I think we’ll be competitive,” she said. “I think we’ll be up there.”

Evart is home 4 p.m. Thursday against Reed City.