EVART \u2014 Evart\u2019s distance runners have been scoring a lot of points this season and Max Hodges has been playing no small role in that success. Hodges has been strong in the 800 and 1,600, plus the 3,200-meter relay. At the recent Pine River Invitational, he was sixth in the 800-meter run in 2:14, sixth in the 1,600-meter run in 4:50 and third in the 3,200-meter run in 10:29. \u201cIn the two-mile, I was only two seconds off my PR,\u201d he said. \u201cIt was rough since we also had a meet yesterday (at Lake City).\u201d At the regionals last weekend, which Evart wo, Hodges was second in the 800 meter run and 1,600-meter run and was third in the 3,200-meter run Hodges is focusing on the three distance races: 800, 1600 and 3,200 meters. He wants to get his 3,200-meter run to under 10:20. For the 1,600, he wants a 4:35 and in the 800, it\u2019s a 2:06 he\u2019s looking at. \u201cRight now, for the mile (the key is) my second and third laps, those are pretty slow, Hodges said. \u201cPretty much my middle laps, except for the 800, is what I need to improve on.\u201d Hodges is encouraged with the progress he\u2019s made since the season started. \u201cIn the two-mile, I was running 10:58, 10:55,\u201d he said. \u201cRight now, it\u2019s 10:27. That\u2019s quite a bit of improvement.\u201d Hodges will be in the state finals June 2 at Jenison\u00a0 He\u2019s looking at the 1,600 as perhaps his best event. \u201cI\u2019ve been told I should at least be able to get under a 4:30 in that,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019m thinking I can. But I have to get under the 4:40 mark before I can get into the 4:30s.\u201d With other distance runners like Logan Hammer and David Zinger, Hodges has been getting plenty of motivation to do well in the distances. \u201cLogan, for sure, he\u2019s pushing me in the mile and two-mile,\u201d Hodges said. He anticipates a strong finish for Evart at the end of the season. A major goal was winning the regionals and the Wildcats did it last weekend. \u201cWe hope to improve all-around,\u201d Hodges said.