TRI-CITY AREA — The Almont and Imlay City girls’ track squads ranked second and third, respectively, last Friday at the Lapeer County Press Invite in North Branch.

North Branch (167 points) paced the eight-team field. They were followed by Almont (92 points), Imlay City (85), Clio (84), Goodrich (79), Marlette (46), Holly (34) and Lapeer (32).

Molleigh Rinke, discus, 86 feet 8 inches; plus Devin Johnston, 100 (13.8 seconds) and 200 (27.7 seconds) dashes; led Almont with individual event wins.

The Almont 400-meter relay of Claire Taylor, Montserrat Coronel, Feldman and Johnston took first as well. They were timed in 55.23 seconds.

Coronel, long jump, 13 feet 9 inches; provided Almont with an individual event third.

The Almont 800 relay of Elly Schapman, Emily Kwierant, Paige Feldman and Johnston placed third on the strength of a 1:57.52 clocking.

Taylor, high jump, 4 feet 6 inches; and Kwierant, 200-meter dash, 29.29 seconds; supplied Almont’s fourths.

Ella Cichewicz, shot put, 28 feet 3/4 inches; and Heather Fitchett, 3200 run, 14:56.97; furnished Almont’s individual event fifths.

The Almont 1600-meter relay of Haley Dempz, Valarie Sullivan, Schapman and Kwierant registered a fifth as well. They were timed in 4:54.79.

Rinke, shot put, 27 feet 5 3/4 inches; gave Almont an outright individual event sixth.

The 3200 relay of Molly Kline, Ayla DeLaurier, Fitchett and Dempz posted a 12:27.52 clocking en route to a sixth.

Almont’s Paige Feldman competes in the high jump at Friday’s meet. Photo by Rod Soule


Feldman, high jump, 4 feet 2 inches; contributed a two-way tie for sixth to Almont’s cause.

Almont received sevenths from Feldman, 200 dash, 30.52 seconds; Sullivan, 400-meter dash, 1:13.76; and Kline, 1600 run, 6:32.38.

Taylor, long jump, 12 feet 9 3/4 inches; and Kline, 800-meter run, 3:02.49; added eighths for Almont.

Elizabeth Sliman, 400 dash, 1:03.49; plus Jessica Denver, 800 (2:26.79) and 1600-meter (5:27.32) runs; paced Imlay City with firsts.

Sydney Kapushinski, long jump, 14 feet 3 1/2 inches; gave Imlay City an individual event second.

The Imlay City 1600 relay of Sydney Livingston, Sliman, Kapushinski and Denver pulled up second as well. It took them 4:37.84 to accomplish the feat.

Rachel Lauwers, discus, 73 feet 9 inches; provided Imlay City with an individual event third.

The Imlay City 3200-meter relay of Alice Johnson, Denver, Livingston and Sliman generated a third as well. They stopped the watch at 10:50.8.

Kapushinski, 300 hurdles, 58.58 seconds; and Johnson, 3200-meter run, 14:03.87; secured Imlay City’s fourths.

Lauwers, long jump, 13 feet 2 1/2 inches; and Lily Lengemann, high jump, 4 feet 4 inches; furnished Imlay City’s individual event fifths.

The Imlay City 800 relay of Abigail Thibodeau, Sliman, Livingston and Kapushinski wound up fifth as well. They stopped the watch at 2:02.37.

Thibodeau, shot put, 26 feet 11 inches; picked up a seventh for Imlay City.

In addition to that, Thibodeau took an individual event eighth with a 100-meter dash time of 14.78 seconds.

Imlay City also received an eighth courtesy of their 400 relay of Lisa Granz, Monique Hoblet, Laela Bhatti and Bianca Wood. They registered a clocking of 1:01.86 en route.

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.