Evart track scores two wins at Marion meet

Evart boys track and field team goes 2-0 to remain undefeated; Evart girls go 1-1

MARION — Evart had the type of success Tuesday night at Marion that the Wildcat boys track and field team hopes to enjoy in 11 days.

The Wildcats remain undefeated in the Highland Conference at 6-0 with wins of 93-59 over Beal City and 97-60 over Marion.

It’s the same track on which the Wildcats will bid for a Division 4 regional title on May 17.

The girls split their two meets, falling to Beal City, 113-49, while defeating Marion, 83-74.

The Evart boys netted first places from Larry VanBuren in the discus (124-8), Zach Parshall in the  jump (6-0), Dean Marsh in the shot put (44-1), the 3,200-meter relay team of Andrew Booher, Josh Woods, Max Hodges and Santana Scott (9:06.61), Scott in the 1,600-meter run (4:54.24) and 3,200-meter run (10:44.92), and Hodges in the 400 dash (53.76) and 800-meter run (2:17.71).

“We were one-two-three in the discus,” Evart coach Dennis Peacock said. “We’ve got a couple of kids qualifiers into the regionals. Zach Douglas ran at 11: 04 in the 3,200 so he can be our third two-miler and Josh Decator threw 121 in the discus, he can be our third qualifier there.

Marsh was second in the discus behind VanBuren and ahead of Decator at 123-3.

The Evart girls picked up first places from Kirsten Parsons in the shot put (33-10 1/4), Jessica Tea in the long jump (15-6 1/2) and 100-meter dash (13.48), Tabitha Turley in the 100 hurdles (16.83) and the 4x100 meter relay team of Tina Fournier, Alyssa Witbeck, Makayla Green and Turley (55.85).

Tea was second in the high jump (5-0) and 200-meter dash (29.2) and Mara VanOrder was runner-up in the 400-meter dash (1:04.19).

“Grace Hamilton ran all four distance events tonight,” said Evart coach Ken Willems. “That’s hard to do. She did real well.”

Hamilton was third in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.

“Mara VanOrder had four events and did well,” Willems added.

Evart competes at the Central Montcalm Invitational on Saturday.