Hammer off to strong start for Evart cross country
LEROY -- Logan Hammer is ready to have a senior season that Evart cross country fans won’t forget for a long time.
It’s Hammer’s senior season. He and David Zinger are back to form a one-two-punch for a final time on the varsity for the fall season.
It was a busy offseason for Hammer. His best time has been 16.30 so far this season.
His overall goal is 15:55.
“If I reach it early, then I have to lower it,” Hammer said, adding that during the summer, there was “a lot of running, I did a lot more cross training in terms of swimming, biking and lifting weights.”
One of his goals is being able to hold a hard pace longer.
“We’re very strong as a team,” Hammer said. “We have a couple of new guys. Hopefully, this will be our best year. We got moved to a different region this year, We want to win that, go to state and hopefully take a shot at a state title (in Division 4).”
Taylor McLachlan is in her senior season for Evart’s cross country team and is running the sport her sixth year. She’s been running since the seventh grade.
“Last year was probably one of my poorest years,” she said. “I need to be in the 22s or 23s. I’m doing whatever the coaches tell me to do. I ran for about half the summer.”
But she’s hoping this will be her best season. So far, her first mile has been the strongest part of her race although McLachlan noted that usually it’s been her last mile.
She’s working to improve on her second mile.
“Our team’s looking really good,” she said. “We have four or five really strong girls and a lot of rookies that are coming along good and I think will be fantastic runners.”
McLachlan predicts the Wildcats can make a strong run for honors in the Highland.
McLachlan also runs track and plays basketball. She also is a figure skater.