EVART \u2014 Evart\u2019s cross country teams are off to strong starts and are using the talent they have to provide plenty of depth in every meet. Brian Flachs, a senior since the seventh grade, has been making key contributions for the Wildcats. \u201cIt\u2019s been tough but I\u2019ve improved quite a bit,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019ve been on varsity four years.\u201d Last season, when Evart won its second straight Highland Conference title, Flachs had a memorable moment at the state finals. \u201cI had my fastest time (18:13),\u201d said Flachs, who was the fifth runner for the Wildcats last season and looks to be among the scoring runners for Evart again this year. He\u2019s one of two seniors on the team. \u201cI ran during the summer and sometimes during the winter,\u201d said Flachs, who also runs track. \u201cI want to beat my record of 18:13 and hopefully we can go to the states again. We have a pretty solid team. We\u2019ve all improved quite a bit. The strongest part for me is probably my second mile. My second mile is where I really have to push it.\u201d But Flachs said he wants to get better at his first mile, saying it\u2019s \u201ca little too slow.\u201d Taylor McLachlan, is a junior in her fifth year of competitive cross country for Evart and fourth in high school. Last season \u201cwe had a full team and we did all right,\u201d McLachlan said. \u201cSometimes we had injured people. I had (hip) injuries and didn\u2019t do as well as I would have liked. But I did all right.\u201d But McLachlan is healthy now and likes how she ran at Chippewa Hills. \u201cI came in for the middle of the team, I did all right,\u201d said McLachlan, whose best time is 22:43. \u201cI\u2019m hoping to get back into the 22s. I\u2019ll try to improve on the while thing.\u201d Her finish and start are usually the best parts of McLachlan\u2019s race. \u201cI think we\u2019ll be competitive,\u201d she said. \u201cI think we\u2019ll be up there.\u201d Evart is home 4 p.m. Thursday against Reed City.