Struble netting key points for Evart track and field squad

EVART — Nate Struble is among the pieces of the puzzle that's been producing plenty of titles for Evart's track teams this season.

Struble is a junior for the Wildcats and is in the long jump and high jump, the 100-meter dash and 400-meter relay. He'll be in the Division 4 state finals Saturday in the 400-meter run. He was the second leg in the regionals that qualified for the state finals.

“In the high jump, I've been doing pretty well,” Struble said. “I really improved on my jumping ability.”

In the relays, “we were confident we could do it,” Struble said. “We knew we would have to push hard and work at it.”

His best jump has been 5-8.

“The long jump, I've gotten better in that,” Struble said. “I recently jumped 20 feet at Lake City. (In the 100), I've increased my block time.”'

Struble said he's improved since last season.

“I've gotten a lot more in shape,” he said, adding that at the state finals, “I'm hoping we can have a really good time and maybe break the school record (44.44). We've improved by 7 ½ seconds and that's pretty good for sprints.”

Evart won its first boys track regional since 1966 on May 19 and a week later took the school's first state title in the MITCA meet.

“All around, we have people in each event that are pretty good,” Struble said. “It's not just a couple of people in each event that give us points. They're all helping out and contributing to the team.”

In the MHSAA meet Saturday at Jenison, “I think we'll do pretty good for this being our first year winning regionals,” Struble said.