Pioneers get the best of both in BWAC clashes

Almont’s Seth Helfer (L) and Imlay City’s Riley Bertram (R) race to the finish in a Blue Water Area Conference matchup at Cros-Lex. photo by Helfer Photography.

TRI-CITY AREA — The Almont boys’ track went 1-1 in a pair of Blue Water Area Conference duals Thursday at Cros-Lex High School, picking up a 74-63 victory over Imlay City and falling 101-36 to the hosts.

Nathan Engel, high jump, 5 feet 9 inches; Robbie Battani, pole vault (12 feet) plus the 110 (16.22 seconds) and 300-meter (44.48 seconds) hurdles; Seth Helfer, long jump, 18 feet 10 inches; and Luke Owens, 800 run, 2:23.49; led Almont with individual event wins versus Imlay City.

The Amont 3200-meter relay of Dallas Stanton, Lucas Webster, Trent Ligon and Owens also prevailed. They stopped the watch at 9:34.38.

Austin DeRocher, shot put, 41 feet; Ryan Johnson, discus, 132 feet 10 inches; Breydon Andrez, 100 (11.31 seconds) and 400 (53.41 seconds); and Riley Bertram, 200-meter dash, 24.22 seconds; secured Imlay City’s individual event firsts.

The Imlay City 400 (Raymond Liu, James Ruolo, Lonnie Wolford and Bertram), 800 (Liu, Andrez, Wolford and Bertram and 1600 Zavier Logan, Liu, Bertram and Andrez) relays also emerged victorious. They logged respective clockings of 46.96 seconds, 1:35.98 and 3:46.49 en route.

Engel (high jump), Battani (pole vault), Helfer (long jump) and Jackson Malcolm (discus) collected Almont’s individual event wins against Cros-Lex.

In the day’s other dual, Imlay City dropped a 92-45 verdict to Cros-Lex.

Kevin Kissane

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.