Evart second at state finals, Scott takes pair of titles

GRAND RAPIDS — Santana Scott won a pair of Division  4 track state titles for Evart and led the Wildcats to a second-place finish Saturday. Scott was first in the 1,600 run (4:22.89).

“I just kept the lead and I think I finished with a 12-second lead,” Scott said.

Teammate Josh Woods was fourth (4:33.64).

Scott won the 3,200-meter run (9:42.83).

The 1,600 mile “was definitely the most fun, going out there and finishing by myself,” he said.

“That was more of a race,” Scott said. “I was out for the first four laps, then it was me and another kid for the next two laps. I took it from there.”

Zach Parshall placed fifth in the high jump (6-2). Evart was sixth in the 800 relay (1:33.84).

“The kids did well,” Evart coach Dennis Peacock said. “Even the places where we didn’t medal we ended up running as well as we have all year.”

Saugatuck won the team standings with 66 points.

“They have a nice team, they probably scored in nine different events,” Peacock said.

Evart, with 32 points, took the second-place team trophy, while Cassopolis was third with 30.

“Our goal was 35 points,” Peacock said. “We came up a little short. The talent at a meet like that is so good and so spread out.”

The Evart girls scored 10 points from Mara VanOrder with two fourth places: in the high jump (5-1) and the 400-meter run 59.69).