Imlay City boys’ claim third in 13 team invitational


TRI-CITY AREA — The Almont and Imlay City boys’ track squads claimed second and third, respectively, last Friday at the Cass City Invitational.

North Branch won the meet, thanks to an output of 117 points. They were followed by Almont (101 points), Imlay City (76), Reese (58), Cass City and Bad Axe (54 each), Harbor Beach (49), Laker (48), Marlette (46), Unionville Sebewaing (24), Ubly (20), Byron (15) and Burton Bentley (nine).

Chase Battani headlined for Almont that day, collected four firsts. He won the pole vault (14 feet 6 inches), 100 (11.38 seconds), 110-meter hurdles (15.75 seconds) and 300 hurdles (46.45 seconds).

Almont’s Chase Battani (center) and Imlay City’s Alan Valdovinos (R) compete in the 100 dash Friday at the Cass City Invitational.

Matthew Bacholzky, 200-meter dash (24.37 seconds) and 400 dash, 55.53 seconds; gave Almont individual event seconds.

The Almont 1600 meter relay of Cole Walton, Colton Grzyb, Nolan Maxlow and Bacholzky took second as well. They were timed in 3:52.

Bacholzky, long jump, 18 feet 5 inches; provided Almont with a third.

Corneau, 110 (18.35 seconds) and 300 (48.49 seconds) hurdles; managed Almont’s individual event seconds.

The throwers (Kaden Trumpour, Dustin Claeys, Braedon Carlson and Gordon Stolecki) and 800-meter (Tim Miller, Walton, Corneau and Maxlow) relays registered fourths as well. They supplied clockings of 55.82 seconds and 1:44.53, respectively.

Maxlow, high jump, 5 feet 4 inches; William Larkin, pole vault, 10 feet 6 inches; and Carlson, shot put, 36 feet 2 inches; generated Almont’s fifths.

Grzyb, 800 run, 2:22.06; contributed the lone Almont seventh.

Miller, 200-meter dash, 25.45 seconds; and Maxlow, 800 run, 2:22.46; rounded out the list of Almont placewinners with eighths.

Kade VanDerPloeg, long jump, 19 feet 2 1/2 inches; paced Imlay City with a first.

The Imlay City 800-meter relay of Eric Cardenas, Brett Lestage, Ethan Everhart and Alan Valdovinos took first as well. They were timed in 1:39.13.

The throwers relay of Alex Petke, Josue Zepeda, Christopher Madrid and VanDerPloeg placed second in 53.86 seconds.

Conner Wildie, 110 hurdles, 18.28 seconds; managed an individual event third for Imlay City.

The Imlay City 400-meter relay of Jovani Pena, Tyler Kanai, Lestage and Valdovinos wound up third as well. They were timed in 48.93 seconds.

Jerry Zheng, shot put, 37 feet 5 inches; Isaac Sommer, 800 (2:14.94) and 1600 (5:06.3) runs; managed Imlay City’s individual event fourths.

The Imlay City 3200 -meter relay of Ethan Everhart, Kyle Torres. Danny Rojas and Sommer obtained a fourth as well. They turned in a 9:21.34 clocking en route.

Eli Garcia, high jump, 5 feet 2 inches; and Wildie 300 hurdles, 49.04 seconds; notched Imlay City’s fifths.

Lestage, 100-meter dash, 12.11 seconds; collected a sixth for Imlay City.

Devon Duckert, pole vault. 9 feet; plus Valdovinos, 100 (12.15 seconds) and 200 (25.38 seconds) added seventh-place showings to Imlay City’s cause.

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.