Evart track teams shine at Mesick Invitational

EVART — It was a big day Friday at the Mesick Invitational for the Evart Wildcats track teams.

The boys squad was first among 10 teams with 122 points while Farwell was second at 92.

“We got to see seven teams that will be in our regional,” said Evart coach Jim Crawford. “No one was close to us.”

Austin Grein threw the shot 40-2 for first place while Dean Marsh was second at 40 ¼. Cody Bullock was fourth in the discus at 105-10. Andrew French was second in the high jump with a leap of 5-6.

The 3,200-meter relay team of David Zinger, Logan Hammer, Antonio Militello and Jesse Lang was first in 8:32. Brady Hasse, Lang, Alex Newton and Militello were fourth in the 800 relay in 1:40. In the 110 hurdles, French was third in 17.9 and Richard Herrera fifth in 18.8 seconds.

Zinger was first in the 1,600-meter run in 4:39 while Max Hodges was second in 4:42. Militello was second in the 800-meter run in 2:07 while Hasse, Grein, Nate Struble and Newton were third in the 400-meter relay in 47.1 seconds.

“I was very pleased,” said Crawford. “All the times are coming down.”

The Evart girls took third place. Taylor McLachlan took 40 seconds off her time in the 3,200-meter run and was fifth in 14:38. The 3,200-meter relay squad was fifth with the foursome of Katie Parsons, McLachlan, Kristin Killman and Grace Hamilton. Katelyne VanMourik was first in the 100-meter dash in 13.2 seconds and Kirsten Parsons third in the shot put at 28-3.

“It’s the first time a girls team has taken a trophy home in many years,” said Evart coach Renee Ward. “It was windy and rainy.”

Evart is at McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Tuesday at the Reed City JV Invitational on Saturday.