February 26 • 12:39 PM

Dryden's 3200 relay sets school record at the Divison 4 state finals

Dryden coaches Shelley Litkovitz and Bill Boswell plus the record-setting relayteam of Mike Warnars, Doug Ladner, Mark VanHaverbeck and Brandon Gierman.

June 06, 2007
DRYDEN — The Dryden boys' track team was held scoreless last Saturday at the Division 4 state finals hosted by Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern High School.

When the final scores were tallied, Ottawa Lake-Whiteford's 55-point output set the pace. They were followed by Royal Oak Shrine and Springport (30 points apiece), Genesee (29), Lutheran Westland (28), Jonesville (24), Pittsford (23), North Muskegon (22), Potterville and Marion (20 each), Saginaw Valley Lutheran (19), Jackson Christian and Fulton Middleton (18 apiece), Kingston (15.5), Mio (14), Deckerville (14), Lawton, Harbor Springs, Waldron and Eau Claire (13 each), Mendon (12), Southfield Christian and Webberville (10 apiece), Sand Creek, Pewamo-Westphalia and Ellsworth (nine each), Ann Arbor Greenhills, Traverse City St. Francis, Pellston and Covert (eight apiece), Reading (seven), Climax-Scotts, Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Martin, Litchfield and Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart (six each), Detroit Loyola (five-and-a-half), Oakland Christian and White Pigeon (five apiece), Bloomfield Hills Roeper and Harbor Beach (four each), Coleman, Hesperia, Mason County Eastern, Brethren, Bellaire, Morenci, Fife Lake Forest Area, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest and New Lothrop (three apiece), Breckenridge (two-and-a-half), Augres-Sims, Beal City and Cassopolis (two each), Fairview, Saugatuck, Blanchard Montabella, Manton, Fowler, Britton-Deerfield, McBain and Onekama (one apiece) along with Adrian Lenawee Christian (one half).

The 3200-meter relay team of Brandon Gierman, Doug Ladner, Michael Warnars and Mark VanHaverbeck headlined for Dryden, notching a school record-setting performance of 8:44. That smashed the former mark of 8:52.43 they generated at the regional level earlier this season.

Jason Jones, pole vault, 11 feet; Chad Butler, pole vault (11 feet) and long jump (18 feet 9 inches); and Mario Volante, shot put, 42 feet 2 1/4 inches; also turned in noteworthy performances for Dryden that day, according to Cardinal Coach Shelley Litkovitz. Their efforts fell shy of what was needed to rank among the top-eight finishers in their respective events.

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