Woods reflects on cross country season

EVART — Evart junior Josh Woods wanted to end the cross country season with an all-state effort, and he got it.

The season ended earlier this month at Michigan International Speedway, Woods was 18th in the Division 4 race in 17:11. The top 30 earned all-state status.

Woods’ teammate, Santana Scott, took second place in 15:54.7.

Woods was able to endure cold and windy conditions for what was the first race of the morning.

“It was really good, I was happy with how I ran,” he said. “It was cold. We stayed warm beforehand. We stripped our sweats and I didn’t feel it until the race started.”

Woods basically met his expectations.

“I was hoping to get in the top 30, that was my goal, all-state,” Woods. said. “I  think my best part was my last 800 meters because I was able to pass a couple of people and finish strong.”

Coach Kevin Mills was happy with the season and is excited about future prospects.

“It was a perfect season for us,” Mills said. “Workouts came out just right. The team was fully committed to the training rigament and was excited about working hard and reaping the rewards at the end of the season.”

Colin Knapp, who wound up being the eighth runner at the state meet for Evart, is the only graduate. The other runners for boys and girls are coming back. Mills expects the boys to have some eighth graders coming up to help in depth.

“Hopefully we can get girls that ran in the past to come out for cross country again. We’re looking forward to having a full girls team next year.”

Scott also returns for his senior season.

“He’s a very talented guy in many aspects, personally as well as athletic,” Mills said. “He found his sweet spot at the state meet.”