Evart runners prepare for season

EVART — Zack Douglas is already a senior but this will be only his second cross country season at Evart.

But Douglas is expected to play a key role on the team.

His first season “went fantastic,” Douglas said. “I had a great run at state. I broke in the 17s.”

He’s had a busy summer running 30 to 35 miles per week. It’s about the same mileage as last year when he surpassed the 300-mile mark for the summer.

Last season’s performance has Douglas ready for the 2013 fall campaign.

“We lost guys and that’s what everyone talks about,” he said. “But I think we’re going to be just as strong as were last year if not better if we want to.

“The team is going to be strong. We have Max Hodges leading the pack. Santana Scott did well last year. Now we have another protege in Josh Woods. We’re looking for a good season.”

The last mile is the strongest part of his race, said Douglas, who wants to work on his second mile.

Practices start Wednesday officially for cross country. Douglas enjoyed the open runs that new coach Kevin Mills had during the summer.

“It’s good to see potential runners, old teammates, get together have a good run and enjoy yourself,” Douglas said.

Woods is a freshman who ran cross in the seventh and eighth grade and is looking forward to the longer races at the high school level.

“I’ve run a few 5K races already,” he said. “This summer I’ve been running five to seven miles a day. I think I’ll be able to adjust quickly to a longer race.”

His best times had been in the mid-19s and he’s hoping to get a minute faster. Running with the other racers during the summer has been helpful, he indicated.

Thomas Galley is another freshman expected to be a key runner on the team.

“We lost some four good runners, but I think we’ll have a strong top five,” Woods said.