Imlay City’s Kade VanDerPloeg (L) and Almont’s Tim Miller (R) start their heat of the 200 dash last Friday at the Cardinal Classic in Dryden.

TRI-CITY AREA — The Imlay City boys’ track squad (122.25) outscored Almont (108.5), Mayville (87), Whitmore Lake (62.5), Morrice (62), Lakeville (58.75), Perry (54), Burton Atherton (46), Dryden (29) and Parkway Christian (21) en route to a first last Friday at the Second Cardinal Classic Invitational in Dryden.

Kade VanDerPloeg, long jump, 18 feet 10 inches; led Imlay City with an individual event first.

The Imlay City 800-meter relay of Enrique Cardenas, Ethan Everhart, Alan Valdovinos and VanDerPloeg placed first as well. They were timed in 1:36.84.

Isaac Sommer, 800 run, 2:11.64; and Elliot Whitney, 3200-meter run, 10:36.45; gave Imlay City outright individual event seconds.

The Imlay City 800 (Cardenas, VanDerPloeg, Everhart and Valdovinos) and 3200 (Danny Rojas, Sommer, Everhart and Whitney) relays ranked second as well. They were timed in 1:36.84 and 9:05.42, respectively.

Eli Garcia, high jump, 5 feet 6 inches; contributed a four-way tie for a second to Imlay City’s cause.

Valdovinos, 100-meter dash, 11.98 seconds; and Cardenas, 400 dash, 53.84 seconds; provided Imlay City with individual event thirds.

The Imlay City 400 relay of Jovani Pena, Tyler Kanai, VanDerPloeg and Valdovinos ranked third as well. They were timed in 47.06 seconds.

Pena, long jump, 17 feet 6 inches; Jerry Zheng, shot put, 37 feet 1/2 inch; Cardenas, 100-meter dash, 12.07 seconds; Whitney, 1600 run, 4:49.24; contributed Imlay City’s fourths.

Kanai, long jump, 16 feet 8 inches; Conner Wildie, 110 ( 17.76 seconds) and 300-meter (46.61 seconds) hurdles; Valdovinos, 200 dash, 24.38 seconds; and Sommer, 1600 run, 4:57.45; generated Imlay City’s fifths.

Devon Duckert, pole vault, 10 feet; managed a sixth for Imlay City.

Alex Petke, discus, 98 feet 10 inches; supplied Imlay City with an outright seventh.

Sommer, high jump, 5 feet 2 inches; added a two-way tie for a seventh to Imlay City’s cause.

Chase Battani, 100-meter dash, 11.63 seconds; and Matthew Bacholzky, 400 dash, 52.97 seconds; paced Almont with individual event first.

The Almont 1600-meter relay of Cole Walton, Colton Grzyb, Nolan Maxlow and Bacholzky prevailed as well. They were timed in 3:43.82.

The Almont 800 relay of Tim Miller, Walton, Maxlow and Bacholzky placed second in 1:37.5.

Maxlow and Walton were a part of a four-way tie for a high jump second. Both cleared 5 feet 6 inches.

Bacholzky, long jump, 18 feet 4 inches; and Battani, 110-meter hurdles, 16.56 seconds; secured Almont’s thirds.

Braedon Carlson, discus, 108 feet 10 inches; Brody Corneau, 300 hurdles, 46.51 seconds; and Gavin Campbell, 3200-meter run, 10:45.79; gave Almont individual event fourths.

The Almont 400 relay of Erik Haddon, Miller, Corneau and Walton ranked fourth as well. They registered a clocking of 47.27 seconds en route.

Carlson, shot put, 36 feet 10 inches; Maxlow, 400-meter dash, 55.13 seconds; contributed Almont’s individual event fifths.

The Almont 3200 relay of Adam SaintOnge, Jacob Biolchini, Jamin Stewart and Campbell placed fifth as well. They were timed in 9:58.88.

Miller, 200-meter dash, 24.65 seconds; and Grzyb, 1600 run, 5:10.28; provided Almont’s sevenths.

Cayden DuRall, pole vault, 9 feet 6 inches; Dustin Claeys, discus. 98 feet 3 1/2 inches; Haddon, 100-meter dash, 12.42 seconds; and Corneau, 110 hurdles, 16.95 seconds; added eighths to Almont’s cause.

Aiden Fitchett led Dryden that day. He won the 1600-meter run, thanks to a school record-setting clocking of 4:42.96.

The Dryden 3200 relay of Connor Wolff, Dylan Lasher, Sean Finnigan and Fitchett placed third with a time of 9:13.5.

Logan Romain, 3200-meter run, 11:39.76; gave Dryden an individual event sixth.

The Dryden 1600 relay of Gabriel Carvelho, Matthew Hickmott, Logan Korth and Lasher took sixth as well. The managed a 4:01.03 clocking en route.

Brenden Peter, 300-meter hurdles, 49.14 seconds; Lasher, 800 run, 2:24.91; and Noah Hall, 3200-meter run, 11:42.85; supplied Dryden’s sevenths.

Dryden also received an eighth courtesy of Hickmott, 300 hurdles, 49.41 seconds.

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.