Evart track teams enjoy key league victories

EVART —  It’s been tough so far this season for the Evart Wildcats to get in some competition for track and field with the various weather-related postponements. But both boys and girls teams last Wednesday scored impressive victories over Highland Conference foes Lake City and McBain.

The boys beat Lake City 102-68 and McBain 114-45.

“Our distances kids dominated everyone else’s distance kids,” said Evart boys coach Dennis Peacock. “We outscored them 30-3, badly in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. After that, our depth really showed up. There were events they won where we got seconds, thirds and fourths.”

Zach Parshall went 6-0 for the first time in the high jump. Dillon Danley went 24.2 in the 200 and 18-3 into the wind.

“Our hurdle crew, very young and inexperienced, did exactly what we needed them to do, two-three-four in both hurdle events,” Peacock said. “This is cliche, but it was a true team effort.”

The wins put Evart at 2-0. The Wildcats snuck past Lake City for the league title last year.

“We have more races to run but we feel good about getting this one out of the way,” Peacock said.

The Evart girls were also successful at McBain with a 2-0 mark, 90.5-68.5 over Lake City and McBain 104-58.

“We did very well that night,” said Evart coach Ken Willems. “The kids competed hard. You never know, first (Highland Conference) meet of the year like that, how things will turn out.”

Jessica Tea was first (13.6) in the 100-meter dash and the 200 meters (29.10). Mara VanOrder won the 400 meters (65.80) and 800 meters (2:52.10). Grace Hamilton triumphed in the 1,600-meter run (6:00) and 3,200 meter run (12:45.8). Another doublewinner was Tabby Turley in the 100-meter hurdles (15.51) and 300-meter hurdles (57.7). Kirstin Parsons won the shot put (32-10) and discus (87-7)

The Wildcat relay teams won in the 4x1 (55.9), 4x2 (2:01.3), 4x4 (5:08.6) and 4x8 (11:44) while Tea (4-10) and Alyssa Witbeck (4-6) were one-two in the high jump. Witbeck won the long jump in 13-2.

“We have a long way to go to be able to compete with some of the teams in the conference,” Willems said.

Evart will be at the Lakeview Invitational this Friday.