Evart track teams first-second at Lakeview Invitational

EVART — Evart track teams continue to shine with strong performances at the Lakeview Invitational Friday. The boys team took first place while the girls were second.

Max Hodges was first in the 800 meters (2:06.78) and fourth in the 1,600 meters (4:59.88). Cody Pritchard, Valdemar Maintz, Dillon Danley and Larry VanBuren (46.18) won the 4x1 relay while Pritchard, Eastman, Maintz and Dillon Danley (1:41.06) were second in the 4x2 relay. The 4x8 relay squad of Santana Scott, Josh Woods, Zach Douglas and Hodges was first in 8:51.82.

The 4x4 relay squad was third (3:57.3).

VanBuren was third in the 100-meter dash (11.76). Scott was first (10:25.44), Woods third (10:38.04) and Douglas fifth (11:23.58) in the 3,200-meter run. Jared Sherman was fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (18.75).

Dean Marsh won the discus (126-5) and was second in the shot put (43-3 ¼) and VanBuren was third in the discus (112-6 ½) and fifth in the shot put (40-0 ¼). Sherman was third in the pole vault (10-6) while Danley (18-2) was second and Cody Pritchard fourth (17-8 ¼) and Zach Parshall was fourth in the high jump at 5-6.

For the girls, Jessica Tea was first in the high jump (5-0), second in the long jump (14-11 1/4) and second in the 100 meters (13.98). Mara VanOrder was second in the high jump 94-8, second in the 400-meter dash (1:06.05) and fifth in the 200 meters (29.57), Kristin Kullman was third in the 800 meters (2:52.8) and Grace Hamilton was third in the 1,600 meters (5:53.50) and second in the 3,200 (12:40.94). Tabitha Turley won the 100-meter hurdles (16.86), and was fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (58.84).

Tina Fournier, McKayla Green, Turley and Alyssa Witbeck were second in the 4x1 relay (56.39), Fournier, Green, Turley and Witbeck were third in the 800 relay (2:01.04). Brooke Belleville, Lexie Fehrenbach, Kullman and Hamilton were second in the 4x8 relay (11:31.32). Belleville, Fehrenbach, Kullman and Hamilton were third in the 4x4 relay in 5:04.81.

Kirstin Parsons was third in the shot put (32-4) and fifth in the discus (79-8).

Evart defeats McBain NMC

Meanwhile, not even a thunderstorm could stop the Evart Wildcats track and field team from remaining undefeated in the Highland Conference.

Both Evart’s boys and girls teams remained undefeated at 3-0 with victories over McBain Northern Michigan Christian Tuesday night (April 29). It was 114-90 for the boys and 97-10 for the girls.

The meet ended four events early because of a thunderstorm, and officials determined that Evart had compiled enough points to seal the victory.

“We didn’t have to stop at all during the meet,” Evart boys coach Dennis Peacock said. “We were able to get to 82 points, which is automatic. We both got there and when it started lightning and got nasty we said ‘call it.’”

The girls notched first places from Turley in the 100 hurdles (18.10), Belleville in the 300 hurdles (1:04.26) and 100-meter dash (14.58), Parsons in the discus (87-7) and shot put (32-10.25), Hamilton in the 1,600-meter run (5:53.47), Lexie Fehrenbach in the pole vault (5-6) and Tea in the long jump (15-2) and high jump (4-10).

All three relay teams that competed took first with the 800 in 1:04.26, the 3,200 meters in 13:17.95 and the 400-meter relay in 57.30.

The 400 meters is the only event NMC won. 

Evart notched seconds from Green in the 100 hurdles (22.57), VanOrder in the discus (85-8) and 400-meter dash (1:05.45), Stevie Duey in the 1,600-meter run (7:42.28), Fournier in the 100-meter dash (15.41), Allyssa Witbeck in the high jump (4-8) and Paige Boyd in the shot put (22-7).

“We high jumped very well,” Evart girls coach Ken Willems said. “Jessica Tea went at 4-10 and two other girls at 4-8. We long jumped very well with Jessica at 15-2 and one in the mid-14s and one in the mid-13s. That’s an improvement. Mara VanOrder ran a real good 400 and Grace Hamilton a real good mile.”

Willems noted NMC wasn’t at full strength with some of girl track performers playing in  a soccer match.

“A lot of events took place between teammates,” said Willems. “We did OK.”

The Evart boys won every event except the 110 hurdles and 400 dash.

Event winners were Jared Sherman in the 300 hurdles (44.34) and pole vault (10-6), Marsh in the discus (126-1), Hodges in the 800-meter (1:42.42) and 1,600-meter run (4:43.97), VanBuren in the 100-meter dash (12.43), the 400-meter relay team (47.72), 800-meter relay (1:42.42) and 3,200-meters (9:43.17) and Danley in the long jump (18-6).

“We had some really good things happen,” Peacock said. “We kind of got through it. We tried to run everything together that we could because we knew (the storms) were going to happen.”

Evart is at Central Montcalm Saturday.