Evart track teams take first

EVART — Hopefully, the weather has finally turned around and the Evart Wildcats can continue their pursuit of a strong season at the boys and girls level.

The Wildcats were scheduled to have a meet at home on Tuesday with Lake City and McBain. They are scheduled to be home next Tuesday against McBain Northern Michigan Christian.

Last week on April 15, the Wildcats made their debut and posted 90 points in a meet at Coleman to finish ahead of Lake City at 78, Coleman at 54 and Harrison at 34.

David Zinger, Max Hodges, Santana Scott and Zach Douglass were one-two-three-four in the 1,600 meter run at 4:50.8, 5:04.9, 5:12, and 5:13.

Zinger was first in the 800-meter run at 2:14. while Hodges won the 3,200-meter run in 11:21.3. Evart also won the 1,600-meter relay in 3:41.8 and the 3,200-meter relay in 9:16.4.

Evart took the top three spots in the 3,200-meter run with Hodges, Douglas and Scott at 11:21.3, 11:34.10 and 11:34.5

Other third places were won by Dean Marsh in the shot put at 40-10, Rick Miller in the pole vault at 13-0, Jacob Hopkins in the high jump at 6-0, Nate Struble in the long jump at 17-2 and the 100-meter dash at 11.8, Logan Hammer in the 400-meter dash in 55.5 and John Danley in t he 800-meter run at 2:29.60.

Struble and Alex Newton were two-three in the 200 meters at 24.1 and 24.9.

“We actually ran quite well considering that our practice sessions have been so dramatically impacted by the weather,” said Evart coach Dennis Peacock. A lot of our kids did well but if I had to say what really stood out, it would have to be our sprint relays.

“The 4x200 consisting of Alex Newton, Jacob Fortune, Dylan Danley and John Danley ran 1:37.3 and our 4x100 consisting of Alex Newton, Larry Van Buren, Jacob Fortune and Nathan Struble ran 46.2. Considering that this is the first time all year that we have even had a baton in our hands, I was very pleased and encouraged.”


Evart won the girls meet at Coleman with 104 points. Lake City had 72, followed by Harrison at 43 and Coleman at 21.

Evart took the top two spots in the discus with Kaitlyn Parsons at 89-8 3/4 and Kirsten Parsons at 82-9. Kirsten was first and Kaitlyn second in the shot put out at 30-4 1/2 and 27-2.

Mara VanOrder, Jessica Tea and Amanda Farrell took the top three stops in the high jump 4-8.1, 4-8 and 4-6.

Tabitha Turley was second in the 100 hurdles in 18.30 seconds and Sydney Cleland was second in the 100 at 15.2.

The 400-meter relay team of Tina Fournier, Cynthia Brown, Jessica Tea and Turley was first in 56.8.

VanOrder won the 400 meter dash in 1:06.7 and the 800 in 2:49.2. Tea, Cleland and Raigan Clark were two-three-four in the 200-meter dash at 29.7, 32.2 and 33.4. Grace Hamilton won the 3,200-meter run in 14:04.4.

“Our field events did really well,” said Evart coach Amanda Langell. “We were pretty even across the board. The 4 by 1 relay did really well.”