EVART\u00a0\u2014 Cross country season officially starts with practices on Aug. 13. Evart runners are doing what they can to get ready. Coach Kevin Mills has had gatherings start from the Evart Elementary School every Tuesday, not just for high school runners but for everyone from the community that\u2019s interested. Nick Niles has been among the summer runners. This fall, he\u2019ll be a junior. It\u2019s his second year of high school cross country. \u201cI ran like a 23:30 my first one and at the end, I ran a 21:52,\u201d he said. \u201cMy competition, (teammate) Gabe (Mooney), he and I leapfrogged. I would beat him, he would beat me. We ended up decreasing our times.\u201d Usually he was solid the first two miles but struggled with his third. \u201cI\u2019ve been trying to run three miles a day on the average of five days a week,\u201d Niles said. \u201cI\u2019m hoping to at least get my PR my first race. I want to break 20 before the season is over.\u201d He also did some running during summer workouts last year, but it was different in 2014. \u201cTo get sore now, I\u2019d actually have to push myself,\u201d Niles said. Last week was his third cross country run. \u201cI enjoy running with other people,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s a lot easier.\u201d Andrew Bengry will be a junior for the cross country team. This fall will be his second season. Last year, \u201cit went all right,\u201d he said. \u201cI didn\u2019t get down the times I was hoping to get to. I plan on being able to do that this year.\u201d Bengry\u2019s best time last season was 19:55. \u201cMy first race was a 21:52,\u201d he said. \u201cIt was the pressure. I ran the 19:55 in regionals. I think it was the pressure of needing to run faster in order to get to higher competition.\u201d He was hoping to run more during the summer. He\u2019s been to around four Tuesday summer runs. \u201cWith my times last year, I\u2019d probably like to get down to the 17s,\u201d he said.\u00a0 Bengry said he hasn\u2019t run enough yet to determine his strengths as a runner. He also plays basketball and baseball for Evart. Basketball was heavy on his summer agenda. In cross country, \u201cI want to be competitive but the big push for me to run is to be in better shape for basketball,\u201d Bengry said. He played varsity for baseball this past spring.