Almont’s Chase Battani stands on the podium after taking third place in the pole vault at the Div.3 state meet.

ALMONT — Chase Battani registered a pole vault clearance of 14 feet for third, helping the Almont boys’ track squad (six points) wind up in a seven-way tie with Kent City, Lansing Catholic, Grand Rapids Covenant Christian, Hemlock, Hillsdale and Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian for 34th place last Saturday at the Division 3 state finals.

Kent City High School is where the meet was contested.

Pewamo Westphalia and Clare shared the title with 47 points each. Detroit Edison (32 points), Jonesville, Napoleon (26), Reed City (23), Elk Rapids (22), North Muskegon (20) along with Ithaca and Lawton (18 each) notched top-10 team showings as well.

Matthew Bacholzky supplied the next best Almont finish that day. His long jump performance of 18 feet 10 1/2 inches paid off with a 19th.

The Almont 800-meter relay of Tim Miller, Cole Walton, Nolan Maxlow and Bacholzky took 23rd in 1:32.21.

Bacholzky 400 dash, 53.01 seconds; provided Almont with a 24th.

Almont also received a 32nd from their 1600-meter relay of Adam SaintOnge, Walton, Maxlow and Bacholzky. They registered a 3:40.06 clocking along the way.

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.