Evart trio scoring valuable points for girls track

EVART — Evart’s girls hope to keep having a strong season and three of the reasons that might happen include the talents of sisters Katie and Kirstin Parsons and Jessica Tea.

Katie Parsons is a junior who throws the shot and discus and also runs the 3,200-meter relay and the 800-meter run. The discus and 3,200-meter relay are among her best events.

She’s hoping to throw between 95 and 100 feet this season. She threw 73-7 against Reed City in a dual earlier this month and said the key for success will be her release.

Kirstin Parsons, a sophomore is also a thrower and threw last year. She threw the discus 74 feet and the shot put 29-4.

“This year, I want to get 85 in discus and consistently be throwing 30 feet in shot put,” Kirstin said, indicating she would like to qualify for the state finals. She threw the shot 27-8 last week at Reed City.

Last season, Tea as a freshman, tied for second in the high jump at the state finals and, with the tiebreaker, wound up in fourth at the state finals.

“I could have gotten (higher),” said Tea, adding that she got more confident as the season went along.

Her best jump was 5-3.

“I think I’ll improve a little,” said Tea, admitting that the mental aspect of high jumping and “practicing your form” will be critical to her hopes.

Tea is also running the 200-meter dash, and some relays and the 100-meter dash, which she said is her best running event. Her block work is the key for her success in that event, Tea indicated.

All three girls like the Wildcats’ track prospects.

“We will do very well this year if we work hard,” Katie Parsons.

“I think we’re going to do fairly well this year,” Tea said. “We didn’t lose anybody from last year and we have quite a few freshmen.”