Evart sophomore runner having strong season


EVART — Clairese Clark is in her second cross country season for Evart’s girls and the Wildcats have been the beneficiaries of her improved running this fall.

“I did pretty good last year,” said Clark, a sophomore. “I had some hip problems. That’s better this year.”

Clark’s best time last season was 22:41. So far this year, it’s 22:28. She’s hoping for 22:12 before the season ends.

“I’ll just have to run harder in practice,” Clark said, adding that the strongest part of her race is in “the two mile, where people normally slow down, I can keep a pace. I need to work on my finish.”

Clark is looking forward to having her best effort in the Highland Conference jamborees. She’s been running on Evart’s new course at Spring Hill camps.

“I don’t care for this course,” Clark said. “I like our old one better. This is slow and sandy with a couple more hills.”

Clark has usually been her team’s No. 2 runner behind Grace Hamilton.

“We’re all trying our best,” Clark said.

“We’re happy to get a full team so we can compete as a full team,” said Evart coach Kevin Mills. “Grace has looked better than she has ever. She’s getting ready to perform well at state.”

Clark “has been pushing hard,” Mills said. “I’m not sure exactly how she’s been done in previous years. She’s working hard and her time is coming down throughout the season. It’s been improving every race. That’s great. All the girls, their times are improving as the season’s gone on. I’m proud of them and the work they’re doing.”