Wildcats cross country will rely on youth

EVART — Evart’s cross country teams will be relying heavily on underclassmen this season, including Rachel Galley, a junior, for the girls and Santana Scott, a sophomore, for the boys.

Scott played a key role in Evart’s second-place finish at the state finals last season. As a freshman, Scott was ecstatic to clock a 16:52 at the state meet. He enjoyed being with last year’s seniors, including David Zinger and Logan Hammer.

During the summer, Scott put in about 400 miles.

“I’ll be a lot better because I’ve matured more,” he said, “and I have more leg speed.”

The second and third miles have been his best.

Scott hopes to help his team win the Highland Conference and regionals and have a strong state performance.

“We have to make the whole team work together and have good races,” he said.

Galley is in her second year of cross country. She recalls the challenges of her first season.

“I enjoyed being able to hang out with my friends and have a good time,” she said.

Grace Hamilton leads the Evart girls team.

“The team’s looking good. It’s looking very strong this year,” Galley said. “I’m excited to see what they can do.”

She’s looking to cut her times down but said the first mile is the strongest part of her race.