BUTTE – Morgan Evans wasn’t ready for the questions, not quite.
The Great Falls High senior hopped down from the second-place step on the podium, moments after running the 200-meter dash at the Class AA track and field state championships. But the race was about more than the runner-up finish, it was Evans’ final run in a Bison uniform.
“It is really crazy,” Evans said, realizing her prep career was finished. “I get a lot of publicity and everyone has talked about me, but it’s weird because after track season it’s just done. In college it won’t be like that because there’s a lot of really good competition. It’s really sad because I love being a Bison and being there for everyone to watch. It’s really fun.”
Evans, who earned three first-place finishes – the 100-meter dash as well as 100- and 300-meter hurdles – couldn’t wait to get back to the Electric City to celebrate with her friends and family. Evans is one of the select few that earned an opportunity to continue her career at the next level, competing for Montana State University in the fall.
Still, the past four years have been all about Great Falls. Few loved to compete in Bison blue more than Evans, who hopes her achievements inspire younger athletes to follow her lead.
“Hopefully I can go down in Great Falls High history because I really like what I’ve been doing here. It’s been a great four years and it’s going to be sad to leave,” she said.
Over the next few days, the sadness of leaving the Bison behind will turn to excitement of joining the Bobcats. Evans knows the competition will be the greatest she has ever faced, as she turns the page to the collegiate starting guns.
“I think throughout the summer I’ll have to stay in a little bit of shape,” she said. “But the second week I get to Bozeman I have to start training right then and there until the end of the year. It’s going to be a lot of hard work.”
That extra effort was never an issue over the past four years at Great Falls High. Though she will not don the Bison uniform next season, Evans knows her friends, family and fans will continue to follow her career, making sure to push her to be her best.
“Knowing people are supporting me and watching from back home, it’s pretty cool,” she said. “I want to do my best for them, mostly.”
As she throws on her sweats and walks away from the cameras and microphones, the jingling of the five latest medals can still be heard. Morgan Evans may not have been ready for the questions, not quite, but there certainly isn’t any question to how much she meant to Great Falls High over the past four years.