EVART\u00a0\u2014 Santana Scott has gotten off to a strong start for the Evart cross country team and his coach, Kevin Mills, couldn\u2019t be happier. Scott is in his junior season and the top returning runner for the Wildcats, who are five-time reigning Highland Conference champions. \u201cIt was OK, was hot out,\u201d he said after a home meet last week against Harrison and Farwell, the fourth of the season. \u201cIt could be 20 degrees cooler and maybe a faster course.\u201d His best time had been around 17:22. \u201cThat\u2019s OK for this early in the season, getting off summer training,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019m starting to get in more of a hard workout.\u201d He put in about 50 miles a week during the summer. Scott has played a key role for the Wildcats his first two seasons as an Evart runner. \u201cMy freshman year, I ran a (16:54.1) at state (for 36th place overall),\u201d he said. \u201cWe won conference my sophomore year.\u201d He wants to win the Highland Conference this season and run lower than 16.30. His personal best is 16:52 at an open 5K. His best time in a high school race has been 16:54. Hard workouts have been helping out, he said. Scott said the second and third miles have been the strongest parts of his race. \u201cI have a hard time getting my legs loose the first mile after that,\u201d he said. Scott and Josh Woods have been going one-two for Evart this season. Micah Wetters and Devin Day have been three-and-four. The Wildcats graduated some fine runners from last season, including Max Hodges, but still expect to be competitive this season. \u201cWe\u2019re hoping to win the conference, maybe,\u201d Scott said. \u201cBeal City is going to be pretty hard.\u201d By the Chippewa Hills race in mid-October, Scott hopes to start peaking. The race will be followed by the regionals and then the state finals.