Evanoff qualifies for NWAC Championships on last chance
Palmer’s Everett Evanoff wanted one last crack at earning a qualifying time for the 400-meter run.
The Southwestern Oregon Community College sophomore got his opportunity and made the most of it by clocking a time of 51.65 seconds at the SWOCC Last Chance meet in Coos Bay, Oregon.
Evanoff, of Colony High fame, finished second out of five runners in the race, just .03 seconds behind the winner.
SWOCC track and field coach Jason Cash heaped high praise on the Alaskan.
“Almost every meet this season he has set a personal best,” Cash said. “And even with that he was in and out of the Top 16. On the final weekend to qualify he ran an almost 1 1/4 second best to now rank 13th and punch his ticket.”
The NWAC Championships are next week in Gresham, Oregon.
Evanoff started the season with a PR of 56.51 and shaved nearly five seconds.
As a result of his incredible improvement, Evanoff was named NWAC Athlete of the Week for men’s track and field.
“This season he devoted himself to improvement, hit the weights like he never had before, took a leadership role as a team captain and did all the small things to improve,” Cash said.