VanOrder signs letter for Cornerstone University

EVART — Mara VanOrder will be finishing her high school sports career within the next few weeks but her devotion to track will continue.

VanOrder, who also ran cross country and played basketball for Evart, recently signed a letter of intent to run indoor and outdoor track and field at Cornerstone University.

“I’ve been interested in the college probably for two years now,” she said. “I was contacted at the state meet by the coach and after that, we’ve been talking and getting to know each other better throughout my senior year and throughout summer. He was really excited about my accomplishments at the state meet last year.”

VanOrder was fourth in the Division 4 state meet 400-meter dash last season in 1:00.38.

She made her decision in March. Cornerstone head coach Rod Wortley and her parents Joel and Dawn VanOrder were at the signing.

“I really like the dynamics of Cornerstone’s track and field program,” VanOrder said. “It seemed like the right fit for me because of the school’s size and the student values.”

She indicated she is undecided right now on her curriculum.

Cornerstone coaches have indicated to VanOrder they would like to put her in the 200, 400, 4x400 relay and she’ll be trying the javelin, which is not an MHSAA event.

“The season has been really positive,” VanOrder said. “We’re working really hard. I think my team is right where it should be.”

After her last meet with Evart, VanOrder will keep training and being in the weight room a lot and is set for a healthy lifestyle during the summer. 

Cornerstone uses facilities of surrounding tracks, VanOrder said.

“I’m really excited that I know my plans for next year and I couldn’t be more content with how it all came about,” VanOrder said. I”m going to fulfill a lot of my dreams and goals to continue to do what I love, and that’s running and competing.”