HUDSONVILLE \u2014 One week after winning the MITCA track and field state title in Division 4, the Evart Wildcats placed third in the MHSAA state finals Saturday at Hudsonville. Led by Max Hodges, who won the 800-meter run, the Wildcats took third with 36.5 points behind Saugatuck with 58, and Albion with 47. White Cloud was fourth with 36. \u201cI was really pleased,\u201d said Evart boys coach Dennis Peacock. \u201cI think third is the highest we\u2019ve ever scored at the MHSAA meet. We had 11 kids that were all state. It was a good day for us.\u201d Hodges had a winning time of 1:58.40 for first place. \u201cMax ran a great race,\u201d said Peacock. \u201cHe came in third behind the leaders in the first lap. As he came around the first turn he went around people. He ran a great time and a great race. It was a great performance.\u201d Hodges had plenty of highlights during his cross country and track career but said his Saturday race was the top highlight. \u201cI was pretty confident,\u201d said Hodges, who was happy to get his personal record in winning the race. \u201cIt was really good.\u201d Evart notched third places from Jacob Hopkins with a high jump effort of 6-3 and from the relay foursome of Hodges, Logan Hammer, Santana Scott and David Zinger in the 3,200 in 8:18.62. Zinger was fourth in the 3,200-meter run in 9:54.13. The 800 relay foursome of Alex Newton, Nate Struble, Dillon Danley and John Danley were fourth in 1:33.89. \u201cThey went in seeded 14th,\u201d Peacock said. \u201cAnd they got fourth. They ran their best time of the year by over a second. Everything clicked for them.\u201d In the pole vault, Rick Miller was fifth with an effort of 12-10. Chapman Long tied for eighth in 11-10. \u201cI think everyone did pretty good,\u201d Hodges said. \u201dWe wanted to get second.\u201d But the third-place performance was a strong one for the Wildcats, Hodges noted, adding that it marked the end of an era for Evart distance runners with Hammer and Zinger running their last races. \u201cIt will be tough to replace them,\u201d Hodges said, adding that younger runners like Santana Scott will be working to fill in the gaps. For the girls, junior Jessica Tea-Hui of Evart tied for third in 5-3. \u201cShe did awesome,\u201d said Evart girls coach Amanda Langell. \u201cShe was calm cool and turned it on and did it.\u201d Grace Hamilton was seeded 28th and finished around 17th in the 3,200-meter run. Place finishers in the top eight scored points for their team.