Witbeck scoring points in jumps for Evart
EVART — Evart girls track coach Ken Willems got an early feeling this spring that junior Allyssa Witbeck was going to have a unique season
She cleared 5-2 in the high jump, two inches from the school record.
Witbeck is also in the long jump, pole vault and 4x100 relay. She won the long jump and high jump in a meet against Reed City earlier this month.
“In the high jump, I struggled a little bit,” she said. “But high jump is my best event.”
Last year, Witbeck got in to the 15s for long jump and got more than 4-11 for high jump.
“I want to get the school record for high jump,” she said, pointing to Jessica Tate-hui’s mark of 5-4 that she used to win the state title last year. “I want to work on my form like when I’m driving and with my hands.”
She’s hoping for mid 15s in the long jump.
“I need to work on bringing my legs up and holding them up,” she said. “I’ve gotten farther (from last year). I’ve been doing more workouts and have gotten farther in long jump and high jump.”
There’s still plenty of time to keep improving before the season ends, Witbeck agreed.
The 4x100 relay team is also capable of qualifying for the state finals. Witbeck hasn’t been to the finals yet but is hoping that will be the case this season.
“I think the team is really strong this year,” Witbeck said. “Everyone is putting in a lot of effort.”
Evart is at Pine River Wednesday. Witbeck expects to see tough high jumpers and long jumpers from Marion.