Evart and Pine River track athletes had successful performances in the Division 3 track and field championships at Comstock Park. Athletes had to brave hot and humid conditions. For the Evart girls, Jessica Tea of Evart was fourth in the high jump at 5-3. Tea, a freshman, said she was hoping to hit the school record of 5-4, which was cleared only by the first-place finisher, Tyler Penzien of New Haven. \u201cI almost got it,\u201d Tea said, adding that the key in almost getting a state title, \u201cwas liking it and wanting to do better.\u201d Looking ahead, the key to doing well in the high jump \u201cis you have to work on your form and speed and how high you jump,\u201d Tea said. Also in the girls meet, Devyn Powell of Pine River was fourth in 59.03 in the 400-meter dash. Her teammate, Haley Russell, took a pair of seventh places by throwing the discus 116-0 and the shot 37-0. \u201cThe discus was good, I PRed for the year, that makes me happy,\u201d Russell said. \u201cThe shot was normal.\u201d Russell finished fourth in the state in the shot put last season. Powell said she was happy with fourth place. \u201cI haven\u2019t ran for a few weeks because of an injury in my foot,\u201d she said. \u201cI didn\u2019t know if I could run a strong quarter. \u201cI ran it normal and at the end I gave it what I\u2019ve got to get where I ended.\u201d Evart\u2019s David Zinger was fifth in the 3,200-meter run in 9:53.07 and sixth in the 1,600-meter run in 4:27.93. It was his first state appearance. \u201cIt went pretty well,\u201d Zinger said. \u201cI made all-state in both. In this heat, I\u2019ll take the times. I exceeded my expectations for the day. They were both pretty good races for me. I got PRs in both events.\u201d Staying hydrated, resting and seeking shelter in the shade was a key for beating the heat, Zinger indicated. He was also in the 3,200-meter relay that placed 11th. \u201cI had my second fastest split of the year,\u201d Zinger said.