Raiders finish behind Bad Axe by narrow margin
TRI-CITY AREA — The Almont, Imlay City and Capac boys’ track teams earned respective showings of second, fifth and sixth among large division schools last Thursday at the Marlette Invitational.
Bad Axe took division honors, thanks to an output of 93 points. They were followed by Almont (84 points), Reese (77), North Branch (69), Imlay City (66), Capac (59), Sandusky (31) and Vassar (nine).
Colby Schapman, high jump, 6 feet 3 inches; Robbie Battani, pole vault, 12 feet; and Mason Smith, 100 dash, 12.13 seconds; led Almont with firsts.
Mike Rinke, pole vault, 10 feet 6 inches; Jackson Malcolm, discus, 110 feet 4 inches; and Battani, 110-meter hurdles, 17.6 seconds; furnished Almont’s seconds.
Aiden Finn, pole vault, 9 feet 6 inches; contributed an individual event fourth for Almont.
The 800-meter relay of Seth Helfer, Lucas DeLaurier, Schapman and Smith wound up fourth as well. They were timed in 1:39.3.
Helfer, long jump, 18 feet 1/2 inch; gave Almont an individual event fifth.
The Almont 400 relay of Caleb Weigand, Thomas Dyer, DeLaurier and Smith also took fifth. They needed 48.87 seconds to accomplish the feat.
Nathan Engel, high jump, 5 feet 6 inches; supplied a sixth for Almont.
The 1600-meter relay of Jacob Castillo, Dyer, Schapman and Helfer garnered a seventh. They were timed in 4:01.83.
DeLaurier, 200 dash, 25.94 seconds; added an eighth to Almont’s cause.
Austin DeRocher, shot put, 45 feet 6 1/4 inches; paced Imlay City with a first.
Breydon Andrez, 100-meter dash, 12.17 seconds; and Riley Bertram, 200 dash, 24.5 seconds; collected Imlay City’s individual event seconds.
The Imlay City 400 (James Ruolo, Alex Dimmick, Lonnie Wolford and Bertram) and 800-meter (Raymond Liu, Andrez, Wolford and Bertram) relays generated seconds as well. They were timed in 47.93 seconds and 1:38.37, respectively.
Andrez, 400 dash, 54.54 seconds; and Avery Whitney, 3200-meter run, 11:21.55; gave Imlay City thirds.
A 1600 relay consisting of Zavier Logan, Liu, Bertram and Andrez pulled up fourth, thanks to a clocking of 3:49.59.
DeRocher, discus, 105 feet 9 inches; and Whitney, 1600-meter run, 5:16.29; contributed Imlay City’s sevenths.
Ruolo, 110 hurdles, 19.16 seconds; and Jager Land, 300-meter hurdles, 50.34 seconds; had Imlay City’s individual event eighths.
Imlay City also received an eighth from their 3200 relay of Holden Redd, Dean Aune, Aiden Cuthbertson and Land. They stopped the watch at 10:10.66 en route.
Hank Barker, 110 (16.9 seconds) and 300-meter (44.24 seconds) hurdles, led Capac with a pair of firsts.
Charlie Aldrich, 400 dash, 54.44 seconds; picked up a second for Capac.
In addition to that, Aldrich pulled up third with an 800-meter run clocking of 2:11.29.
The Capac 400 (Daniel Griffith, Tyler Ellis, Ben Laskowski and Joe Peters) and 800 (Ethan Bastian, Laskowski, Griffith and Ellis) relays ranked third as well. They were timed in 48.34 seconds and 1:39.25, respectively.
Griffith, 100-meter dash, 12.33 seconds; gave Capac an outright individual event fifth.
Capac’s Logan Swantek and Barker were involved in a five-way tie for a pole vault fifth. They cleared 9 feet en route to that placing.
Ben Rodriguez, 3200 run, 11:52.7; provided Capac with a sixth.
Bastian, 200 dash, 25.93 seconds; added a seventh to Capac’s cause.
Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.