In retrospect, Andy Youngworth, Carthage’s longtime track and field coach, knew exactly what he was talking about when he said Evan Adams was one of the top four or five runners in the state competing in the open 800-meter run.


In retrospect, Andy Youngworth, Carthage’s longtime track and field coach, knew exactly what he was talking about when he said Evan Adams was one of the top four or five runners in the state competing in the open 800-meter run.

In fact, Adams, a junior, proved he was one of the top three runners in the state after a stirring performance during Friday’s preliminaries of the 800 at the 2010 MSHSAA Track and Field Championships.

For the first time since the mid 1990s, the 800 run featured two preliminary runs, with the individual heat winners and the six fastest times advancing to the finals on Saturday.

Adams, seeded third in the 800 after capturing individual honors last Saturday at the sectional meet in Lebanon, advanced to Saturday’s finals by placing third overall with a sizzling time of 1 minute, 55.84.

The finals for the 800 run is set for 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Dwight T. Reed Stadium on the campus of Lincoln University.