Evart boys finish second to Beal City

RELAY: Evart’s Danny Griffin starts off the 1,600-meter relay in Monday’s meet. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

RELAY: Evart’s Danny Griffin starts off the 1,600-meter relay in Monday’s meet. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

EVART — Beal City got the best of the Evart boys in Monday’s non-league track and field meet.

But the Wildcats are looking forward to the real deal when they are at Beal City to take on the Eagles April 25 in a Highland Conference meet.

Monday’s meet involved four teams with Beal City taking first (110), followed by Evart (96), Coleman (27) and Montabella (23).

Montabella (85) won the girls meet, followed by Beal City (73) Evart (47) and Coleman (43).

For the Evart boys, Kyle Stokes (11.63 seconds) and Cody Pritchard  (11.79) were one-two in the 100-meter dash, Josh (4:44.04) and Nathan Woods (4:46.02) were one-two in the 1,600 meters. The 400 relay team with Cameron Brasington, Ryan Tanner, Kyle Stokes and Brandon Nelson took first (46.89), Josh Woods (2:11.04) and Austin Hamilton (2:13.06) were one-two in the 800 meters, Danny Griffin won the 200 meters (23.78) and the 1,600 relay team of Griffin, Stokes, Pritchard and Ben Randall (3:45.40) took first.

“Relays look really strong,” Griffin said. “We’ve always been strong in the relays. The 4×1, we have three guys, me Kyle and Cody, who are running in the 11s.”

Beal City showed that it will be Evart’s biggest threat to a league title.

“But we’re going to get them,” Griffin said.

In the field events, Scott Martin (19-feet 8-inches, 6-2) and Ben Randall (19-3 1/2, 5-10) went one-two in the long jump, and one-two in the high jump, and Zolan Long was second in the pole vault (10-0).

“We did some different things tonight,” Evart coach Dennis Peacock said. “We let Cody Pritchard throw the shot and the discus. We didn’t run Ben Randall or Scott Martin. We had five guys PR in the mile.

“It’s still young in the season, kind of cold. We’re going to get faster. We threw a freshman and sophomore in our 4×1 and still ran a 46.8. We’re pretty happy. We’re not going to look at the score and worry a lot.”

For the Evart girls, Brooke Belleville was first in the 100 meters (13.94) and Macey Wallace won the 200 meters (28.22) against Beal City all-stater Kayla Bierschbach.

“Brooke has been injured,” Evart coach Todd Scott said. “That hurt us a little. She ran one race.”

Evart runs at Kent City on Friday.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with Herald Review as well as the Pioneer and The Lake County Star. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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