Sophomore runner set to have strong season for Evart track

 EVART  — Josh Woods is among the athletes expected to supply Evart’s track and field team with key points during the ongoing track season.

The Wildcat sophomore gave strong indication to that extent in Evart’s first dual of the season earlier this month in a triangular meet against Reed City and Manton.

In his freshman season, It was a fun team to be on,” Woods said of the Highland Conference champions.

In the meet at Evart, Woods was second in the 3,200-meter run (11:11.90). He was third in the 1,600 meters  (5:04.3) and on the 3,200-meter relay team that was first (9:10.50).

“I ran a pretty good time in the mile,” he said. “We’re still in the process of being in shape.”

Woods is hoping that by the end of this month, he and his teammates will be in full form.

“We’re treating (upcoming meets) more like training for the season,” he said. “I’ll be running a lot of events and pretty fast so I can get my body ready.”

For this season, Woods is hoping to be in the 4:30s for the 1,600, and in the 10:10s for the 3,200.

“It’s just going to be a lot of hard training for now,” he said. “I’ll have to be there mentally and physically on the day of the race. Usually my strength is my last lap. I can usually kick down and keep going the last 200. I can always climb back so I can finish strong.”

Evart was MITCA state champs in 2012 and 2013.

“I think this team has the potential,” he said. “We have state track championship teams and I think we have the potential this year. We have strong sprinters and also a strong distance group. We should be able to cover all areas of the race.”