Hodges enjoying banner season

EVART — Evart’s distance runners have been scoring a lot of points this season and Max Hodges has been playing no small role in that success.

Hodges has been strong in the 800 and 1,600, plus the 3,200-meter relay. At the recent Pine River Invitational, he was sixth in the 800-meter run in 2:14, sixth in the 1,600-meter run in 4:50 and third in the 3,200-meter run in 10:29.

“In the two-mile, I was only two seconds off my PR,” he said. “It was rough since we also had a meet yesterday (at Lake City).”

At the regionals last weekend, which Evart wo, Hodges was second in the 800 meter run and 1,600-meter run and was third in the 3,200-meter run

Hodges is focusing on the three distance races: 800, 1600 and 3,200 meters.

He wants to get his 3,200-meter run to under 10:20. For the 1,600, he wants a 4:35 and in the 800, it’s a 2:06 he’s looking at.

“Right now, for the mile (the key is) my second and third laps, those are pretty slow, Hodges said. “Pretty much my middle laps, except for the 800, is what I need to improve on.”

Hodges is encouraged with the progress he’s made since the season started.

“In the two-mile, I was running 10:58, 10:55,” he said. “Right now, it’s 10:27. That’s quite a bit of improvement.”

Hodges will be in the state finals June 2 at Jenison  He’s looking at the 1,600 as perhaps his best event.

“I’ve been told I should at least be able to get under a 4:30 in that,” he said. “I’m thinking I can. But I have to get under the 4:40 mark before I can get into the 4:30s.”

With other distance runners like Logan Hammer and David Zinger, Hodges has been getting plenty of motivation to do well in the distances.

“Logan, for sure, he’s pushing me in the mile and two-mile,” Hodges said.

He anticipates a strong finish for Evart at the end of the season. A major goal was winning the regionals and the Wildcats did it last weekend.

“We hope to improve all-around,” Hodges said.