Sophomore set to boost Wildcat efforts in jumps


EVART  — Zach Parshall is a sophomore on Evart’s track team who will be looking to score points in the high jump and long jump, plus the discus this season.

“In the jump, l really want to get at least 6-2,” Parshall said. “In our first meet (indoors at Grand Valley), I got 5-10 and took fourth out of 45.”

He cleared 5-10 on his second jump. He got 5-8 at the MITCA state meet.

“I barely skimmed over it,” Parshall recalled. “It was so close.”

In the high jump, “I think I’ve gotten natural at jumping,” Parshall said. “I wouldn’t say I’m the best. I think I have a way with my form. I have more of an unorthodoxed form.”

He’s hoping for at least 18 feet in the long jump, his second best event.

“My freshman year, I did long jump for maybe half the year and got 16-6,” he said. “It was my PR.

“I just have to do what I know I can do.”

Parshall is looking forward to trying the discus.

“The form is so hard for me right now,” he said. “But I’ll get it. I’ll get it down.”

Parshall isn’t quite sure yet how many points his team might produce in its events.

“I haven’t seen a lot of the freshmen and how good they are,” Parshall said. “Cody Pritchard may be tied for the fastest guy on the team.”

The Wildcats have had several meets canceled because of weather so far and are looking forward to seeing more action to zero in on goals that include going for another Highland Conference and MITCA title.

Parshall indicated depth will help this team.

“I think we’ll be fine,” he said.