DRYDEN — The Dryden boys’ track team obtained a ninth-place finish last Thursday at a Division 4 regional hosted by Flint Beecher High School.
Flint Beecher (141 points) took team honors that day. They were followed by Clarkston Everest Collegiate (83 points), Birmingham Roeper (79), Parkway Christian (67), Marine City Cardinal Mooney (48), Austin Catholic (40), International Academy of Flint (39), Mount Clemens (37), Dryden (35), Auburn Hills Oakland Christian (19), Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (18) and Genesee (nine).
The top two placewinners in each event plus anyone who equals or bests a state set time, height or distance advances to the Division 4 state finals. That meet will be held June 4 in Hudsonville.
Nathan Baughman, pole vault, 8 feet; led Dryden with a first.
Reed Hall, 1600-meter run, 4:56.91; gave Dryden a second.
Nathan Schenkel will be heading to the upcoming state meet as an additional qualifier. His high jump performance of 5 feet 11 inches paid off with a third.
Aiden Fitchett logged the other Dryden placewinning performance that day. Fitchett posted an 800-meter run clocking of 2:10.55, paving the way to a third.
Schenkel, long jump, 18 feet 2 1/2 inches; and Hall, 3200 run, 12:52.16; collected Dryden’s fifths.
Dryden also received a seventh courtesy of Schenkel, 200-meter dash, 25.01 seconds.
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.