VART \u2013 Mackenzi VanBuren recently finished an impressive track and field career with the Evart Wildcats. She\u2019s now taking her talents to Ferris State University. VanBuren recently signed a national letter of intent to run track and field with the Bulldogs. She ran the sprints and relays as an Evart senior, but said her top event was the long jump. She had a personal record of 17 feet, 1.5 inches for first place in the regional to qualify for the state meet. She had a 15.3.25 at the state meet for 17th place. Van Buren also had a jump of 15-11 in the Highland Conference meet for second place. \u201cAt the beginning of the season I didn\u2019t have the greatest of starts because coming off a year we missed made it very hard,\u201d VanBuren said. \u201cI started at the tail end to exceed my expectations. My goal was 17 and by the middle of the year, I didn\u2019t look like I\u2019d get there. But I got it at regionals.\u201d Her strengths in that event are \u201chaving confidence,\u201d VanBuren said. \u201cYou have to make sure your steps are on.\u201d Perfect weather for a long jumper was \u201cwarm and a little bit or no wind,\u201d VanBuren said. Despite being involved in other events, VanBuren wanted to focus mainly on the long jump VanBuren said she talked to Ferris coaches and asked if there would be an opportunity there. Ferris coaches said yes. \u201cI love running, it\u2019s been my passion,\u201d VanBuren said, \u201cindicating she will run and long jump at FSU. I will work throughout the summer on what we\u2019ve been doing throughout the season.\u201d She will report to Ferris in August, Van Buren said.