Devin Johnston helped Almont set a 400 relay school record Friday at the Davison Twilight Classic.









TRI-CITY AREA — The Almont and Dryden girls’ track squads wound up second and fifth, respectively, among small school division entries last Friday at the Davison Twilight Classic.

Reese won the meet with 100 points. They were followed by Almont (88 points), Unionville Sebewaing (84), Caro (82), Dryden (72), Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart (57.5), Perry (40.5), Flint Hamady (35), Potterville (32), Flint Beecher (21) and Petoskey St. Michaels (11).

Devin Johnston, 100 (12.37 seconds) and 200 (25.24 seconds) led Almont with a pair of individual event firsts. that day. Johnston’s school record-setting performances eclipsed the former marks of 12.5 seconds by Ashley Bly in the 2004 season and lowered her own mark of 25.49 seconds established in 2022.

The Almont 400 relay of Christy Trisler, Ava Panduren, Montserrat Coronel and Johnston also set a school record on their way to a first. Their time of 51.61 seconds lowered the previous standard of 52.31 secons set by Mariah Smith, Aubrey Battani, Rebecca Measel and Meredith Rinke during the 2017 campaign.

Isabella Giannett, pole vault, 8 feet; gave Almont a second.

Madison Niedermaier, pole vault (7 feet 6 inches) and long jump (14 feet 2 inches) provided Almont with an individual event third.

The Almont 3200-meter relay of Priscilla Haslett, Haley Dempz, Charlotte Vergoustraete and Laila Evola took third as well. They were timed in 12:19.76.

Panduren, 100 dash, 13.21 seconds; collected a fourth for Almont.

Isabella Irwin, high jump, 4 feet 2 inches; and Evola, 1600 run, 6:04.68; gave Almont individual event fifths.

The Almont 800 (Brooklyn Still, Angela King, Dempz and Coronel) and 1600 (Dempz, King, Haslett and Coronel) relays took fifth as well. They were timed in 1:59.43 and 4:56.19, respectively.

Coronel, long jump, 13 feet 6 inches; and King, 400 dash, 1:08.6; furnished Almont’s sixths.

Olivia Kwierant, 100 hurdles, 20.04 seconds; and Evola, 3200 run, 13:41.28; contributed Almont’s sevenths.

Verougstraete, 1600 run, 6:38.95; rounded out the list of Almont placewinners with an eighth.

Sophia Peter, 100 hurdles, 17.26 seconds; Olivia Stickler, 400 dash, 1:01.31; paced Dryden with individual event first.

Peter’s hurdle performance established a Dryden school record, lowering the previous standard of 17.6 seconds set by Cindi Kesler in 1981.

The Dryden 800 relay of Keira Miller, Wolle, Peter and Stickler prevailed as well. They were timed in 1:52.4.

A Dryden 1600 relay of Wolle, Peter, Miller and Stickler placed second in 4:31.54.

Dryden’s 400 relay of Caila Fitchett, Wolle, Peter, and Stickler were second as well, registering a school record-setting clocking of 52.26 seconds en route.

Their effort improved on the former mark of 53.4 seconds by Michelle Daley, Deb Hagemeister, Diane Foe and Val Heldt during the 1977 campaign.

Addie Tresnak gave Dryden a third, uncorking a school record-setting shot put toss of 33 feet 1 inch.

Her performance bested the old mark of 32 feet 9 inches established by Rachel Vallad in 2017.

Wolle, 200 dash, 28.55 seconds; notched a third as well.

Cara Prusakiewicz, 3200 run, 13:24.46; generated a sixth for Dryden.

Ava DeVlaminck, discus, 80 feet 11 inches; Fitchett, 300 hurdles, 56.39 seconds; and Audrey Napolitano, 800 run, 2:49.98; added eighths to Dryden’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.