EVART — Grace Hamilton’s college season ended just in time for the former Evart runner to help out with current Wildcat track and field performers.

She ran her freshman season at Cornerstone University.

“I got my best time under 20 minutes for the 5K, which is an all-time PR by quite a bit, at our conference meet,” Hamilton said.

She ran the three-kilometers for indoor track, the 5-kilometers for outdoor track and cross country.

Hamilton said the transition to both sports from high school to college was challenging.

The cross country season presented its challenges, Hamilton said, but she’s planning on being a marathoner next season for track.

“That’s what my coach wants,” Hamilton said. “It’s high mileage and I’m working on that.”

She’ll continue to run and stay in shape. For the first two full weeks of May, Hamilton was set to be on break.

“Then I’ll start training for cross,” Hamilton said.

She was helping the Evart girls track team, which was at the Division 4 state finals Saturday at Hudsonville.

Cornerstone is an NAIA school.

“We’ve got pretty good programs,” Hamilton said. “Our distance teams are pretty strong. Our track team has been strong recently. We’re losing some seniors. But we have a strong program down there.”

But after one year, Hamilton has enjoyed the experience.

“I’ve had a blast,” she smiled. “I’ve had good roommates and everything has been fun. Hopefully it gets better every year.”

Hamilton is majoring in secondary education for learning disabilities.