Long having strong pole vaulting season for Wildcats
EVART — Zolan Long has had an impressive junior season for Evart’s track and field team. It’s not quite over yet.
Long has especially been enjoying success in the pole vault. He gave early indication he could have a strong year in that event when he cleared 12 feet in an indoor meet at Grand Valley. Earlier this month in a Highland Conference meet at Marion, Long got his personal record of 12 feet, 6 inches.
“Last year, I ended the season at 11 feet,” he said. “When I worked on the pole vault over the summer at a camp in Reed City, I learned so much from the people at the camp.”
The emphasis, as Long recalls, was on technique.
“They help you with your plant, how you turn in the air, everything like that,” he said. “This year I’m hoping to get 13-6, maybe even 14 if I’m lucky. I’ll try to break the school record (of 14-1).”
He’s also had a strong season in the high jump with an effort of 5-4.
Long and teammate Richard Foster have been scoring points for the Wildcats in the pole vault.
“I think our team will be strong, but not as in previous years,” Long predicted, coming into the season. “We have the natural skills. We have to push hard. We have a lot of young people. We have a chance to do well in conference and regionals.”
Regionals are Saturday at East Jordan. The conference meet is home on May 22.