Parshall reflects on four solid track seasons with Evart program

EVART — Zach Parshall’s stellar athletic career ended on a high note at the Division 4 track state finals.

His best event was the high jump. Going into the state finals, he took first place in every meet except one where he took second. His best jump was 6-feet 3-inches at Cadillac on May 30. He cleared 6-2 at the state finals for fifth place. Last season, he was fifth at the state meet with clearance of 5-11.

Parshall also had a strong season in the long jump. His PR was 19-6 at Cadillac. He took third in both the regionals and Highland Conference meet.

He also was in the 4x400 relay that won at the regional and was 20th at the state meet.

It marked the fourth track season for Parshall.

The high jump was Parshall’s best event. He indicated prior to the state meet he could have a chance for first place in that event. He was hoping for 6-5 1/4, the school record.

“I almost had 6-4 before I sprained my ankle a few weeks ago,” he said. “I just need to get stronger in my legs and get the right jumps the right day.”

His second best event is the long jump. He was hoping to break 20 feet.

The 4x400 relay was his third best event.

“Our team has six or seven kids that can all run under a 56,” he said. “We have a stacked 400 team.”

It was Parshall’s fourth season of track, and he says it was his best one.

“I’m starting to hit my athletic peak,” he said.

Parshall said late in the season he’s been training to be a fighter.

“I have a really big passion for mixed martial arts,” he said. “I’m going to college for a degree and try (mixed martial arts) for a living. A few years ago, I was watching TV and I saw a fight that ended in a cool knockout.”

He then decided to pursue mixed martial arts.

Evart was state MITCA champs in Parshall’s freshman year. As a senior, he was hoping for a state title. In the MHSAA meet, Evart was second behind Saugatuck.