Evart’s Tea soars to regional win

EVART — Evart freshman Jessica Tea made the most of her first appearance in the Division 3 regionals Friday night at Scottville-Mason County Central.

Tea won the high jump with an effort of 5-1. She will now compete in the state finals on June 4 at Comstock Park.

Tea went into the meet confident she could have a good regional. Her best jump had been 5-0 prior to the regionals. Since junior high, she’s improved in the high jump by four inches.

Before the season ends, Tea is looking at 5-4, which would be a school record.

“I need to work on my form,” she said.

Tea had cleared 4-10 on May 14 at the Central Montcalm Invitational.

She’s also competed in the 400-meter relay, 400-meter run and the 100 and 200.

Tea pointed to the 100 as her second best event. She wants to break in the 12s before the season ends.

“I think I’m a good finisher,” she said. “I’m not really good at starting.”

Tea said she’ll keep working on her block starts.

At the regionals, Evart scored 30 points in the meet to place 12th among 15 teams. Tea also placed fifth in the 100-meter dash at 13.59 seconds.The 400-meter relay team of Tea, Sam Ward, Lydia Wetters and Kaitlynn Vanmorick was seventh in 55.94.

Tea also was fourth in the 400-meter dash at 1:02.88, finishing one place below Vanmorick, who clocked a 1:01.6. Vanmorick qualified for the state finals in the 400.

Vanmorick was also eighth in the 300-meter hurdles in 52.73 seconds.

“We’ve been doing better,” Tea said. “In the past, the girls weren’t doing that great. This year, we’ve actually won a couple of meets. We’ve got some good girls this year. It’s basically been freshmen and sophomores.”