Evart’s VanMourik sets lofty goals for senior season

EVART — Katelyne VanMourik and Ricky Miller are set to have strong seasons again for the Evart track teams.

VanMourik, a senior, went to the state finals in the 400-meter dash last year.

“I’m running more relays in the beginning (this season),” VanMourik said. “Then I’ll probably switch in the end. I need more training. I’m hoping I’ll have a good 400 and mile and I’ll beat the (school) record for the 400 and the mile.”

The current records at 5:18 in the mile, and VanMourik has been at 5:30. For the 400, it’s 59.6 and VanMourik is at 1:01 from last year.

“I’ll know my improvement after my first meet,” she said, adding that her cross country season in the fall got me ready because I’ve been been putting in the miles and it’s been pushing me forward.”

As a senior, “I’m determined to beat records,” VanMourik said. “The team is looking good this year. We can improve though, definitely, with our freshmen.”

Miller, a junior, placed ninth in the pole vault at the Division 3 state finals last year, just one place away from a medal. He cleared 13-6 at the meet.

“My goal is obviously the high school, which is 14 feet, I want to get higher than that,” he said. “I’ve been working out a lot. I went to a couple of indoor meets. I think I might be able to get 14-6 this year.”

To accomplish that, Miller said the key will be “to practice hard for the meet and keep improving.”

The warmer spring weather “has helped a lot,” Miller said. “I’ve been practicing more than I ever have this early in the season.”

The Wildcats made their debut in an indoor meet Thursday at Central Michigan University.

For the girls, Jessica Tea cleared the high jump at 4-10 to tie for second place. Grace Hamilton was third in the 3,200-meter run in 14:11.35 and Taylor McLachlan was eighth in 15:41. Tea was eighth in the 200-meter dash in 29.8 seconds.

Kirsten Parsons was seventh in the shot put with a throw of 29-10. VanMourik was sixth in 6:08.26 in the 1,600-meter run. VanMourik was 13th in the long jump in 14-3 ½.

Alexis Pylman was fourth in the pole vault for a fourth-place tie at 7-6.

Taking sixth was the 800-meter relay team of Tea, Pylman, Kristin Kullman and VanMourik in 1:58.

For the boys, David Zinger was first in the 3,200-meter run in 10:11.30 while Hammer was third in 10:35.85.

Miller was third in the pole vault with a clearance of 12-0. Gavin Chupp was eighth in 10-0.

The foursome of Logan Hammer, Jesse Lang, Antonio Militello and David Zinger was fourth in the 3,200-meter relay in 9:07.46.

Austin Grein was fifth in the shot put at 42-10.

Alex Newton was ninth in the 400-meter dash in 57.20 seconds. Militello was sixth in the 800-meter run in 2:15.54. In the boys 1,600-meter run, Max Hodges was fifth in 4:47.66 and Hammer sixth in 4:58.