Evart track teams move to 3-0 with wins over McBain NMC

Wildcats run past Comets in track and field action

EVART —  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. 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 Tabby Turley in the 100 hurdles (18.10), Brooke Belleville in the 300 hurdles (1:04.26) and 100-meter dash (14.58), Kirsten Parsons in the discus (87-7) and shot put (32-10.25), Grace Hamilton in the 1,600-meter run (5:53.47), Lexie Fehrenbach in the pole vault (5-6) and Jessica 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 MaKayla Green in the 100 hurdles (22.57), Mara VanOrder in the discus (85-8) and

400-meter dash (1:05.45), Stevie Duey in the 1,600-meter run (7:42.28), Tina 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,” said Evart girls coach Ken Willems. “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 her 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), Dean Marsh in the discus (126-1), Max Hodges in the 800-meter (1:42.42) and 1,600-meter run (4:43.97), Larry 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 Dillon 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.”

Seconds were produced by Sherman in the 110 hurdles (18.53), Larry VanBuren in the discus (114-5), Santana Scott in the 800 meters (2:17.49), Josh Woods in the 1,600 meters (4;54.05), Cody Pritchard in the 100-meter dash (12.6), Gabe Schneider in the 400 dash (59.4), Robert Young-Burge in the pole vault (9-0) and Zach Parshall in the long jump (17-5).

Evart is next scheduled to compete Friday at the Lakeview Invitational.