By Calli Newberry
After winning the regional and becoming the BWAC MVP, the only thing left on Evan Green’s bucket list for this season was to win a state title.
“Before the season even started, [Marysville track coach] Todd Powers is good friends with my uncle, and I remember texting him and saying ‘I’m going to be a state champ,’” Green said.
Leading up to Saturday’s race, the Richmond senior had run a personal best time of 51.03 seconds, but that was soon eclipsed by his state-winning time of 49.79, which also happened to break his school’s record.
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“Usually when you run the 400, right when you get done you’re just completely dead. You just want to lay down and your head’s throbbing and you can barely breathe,” Green said. “After that race, I just stood up and I wasn’t tired. It didn’t hit me…I knew that was the fastest heat and if I had won that heat, I would most likely be state champ, so just knowing that, the pain just didn’t faze me.”
He said the pain eventually did hit him about 10 minutes later, but that didn’t take away from his career-high moment. Green said his future college coach at Saginaw Valley State University even gave him a call the next day.
“He was pumped about the time that I ran,” Green said. “Throughout the year running 51s and then all of a sudden a 49.”
Perhaps part of his big improvement came as a result of fresher legs. All throughout the season, he had been running anywhere from four to six races in each meet, but on Saturday, he only ran three: the 400, the 100-meter, and the 4×200.
“I wasn’t actually supposed to run the 4×200 before because I was running the 100 and 200 and 400, and the 4×2 would’ve been even more stress on my legs. The disqualification in the 200 kind of put me in the 4×200,” Green said. “[Our time] was a big jump and I knew something big was going to come out and it happened.”
Without the 200-meter dash on his schedule, Green joined seniors Kevin McKiernan and Tanner Bastian and freshman Pacitto for the relay, and together, they finished 12th in 1:33.62.
Green said he, McKiernan, and Bastian are best friends off the track who all happen to share a birthday. And now, Green and McKiernan can share state titles, as McKiernan was a state champion wrestler back in March.
“We have a running joke that we’re sisters because our birthdays are on the same day and we’re so similar we’re our accomplishments and we’re both tall,” Green said. “Now that we both have state championships, that just adds to it.”
Because performance at the State Finals, Green was invited to join Michigan’s All-Star team that will compete against Ohio and Indiana at the Midwest Meet of Champions. The meet is scheduled for this Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan University.