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Dryden boys are runners-up


Lose Division 4 title to Unionville Sebewaing


May 21, 2008
DRYDEN — The Dryden boys' track team registered a second-place finish last Friday at a Division 4 regional hosted by Unionville Sebewaing Area High School.

Unionville Sebewaing Area topped the standings, thanks to an output of 135 points. Dryden took second, aided by a 100-point total, and Harbor Beach tallied 94 for third. Ubly (82 points), Kingston (53), Brown City and Genesee (50 apiece), Deckerville (34), Peck (33.5), Carsonville-Port Sanilac (13), Kinde North Huron (10.5), Port Hope (five), Akron-Fairgrove (three) and Caseville (zero) held down places four through 14 at meet's end.

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Dryden’s Douglas Ladner (center), shown here at the NCTL Meet, won the 300-meter hurdle race at a Division 4 regional last Friday. photo by Kevin Kissane.

The top-two placewinners in each event, plus anyone who equals or improves upon a state set clocking, height or distance, continues their postseason path May 31 at the Division 4 state track and field finals. That competition unfolds at Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern High School.

Chad Butler, pole vault, 12 feet 3 inches; Al Clark, shot put, 47 feet 1 inch; and Douglas Ladner, 300-meter hurdles, 41.93 seconds; along Brandon Gierman, 800 run, 2:08.93; gave Dryden individual event firsts.

The Dryden 800 meter relay of Joe Drexler, Eric Tietz, Butler and Ladner prevailed as well. They were timed in 1:36.66.

Gierman, 1600 run, 4:53.99; supplied the lone Dryden individual event second.

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The Dryden 1600-meter relay of Matt Lynch, Josh Barnier, Gierman and Ladner claimed a second as well. They stopped the watch at 3:39.58.

Butler generated the other Dryden state-qualifying performance, pulling up third with a long jump effort of 19 feet 11 1/2 inches. His performance was good enough to advance to the upcoming finals distance-wise.

Ladner almost made it to states as a 110 hurdle qualifier. His clocking of 16.21 seconds paved the way to a third.

The Dryden 400-meter relay of Greg Anderson, Drexler, Butler and Ladner contributed a third as well. It took them 46.58 seconds to accomplish the feat.

Clark, discus, 123 feet 1 inch; garnered the lone Dryden fifth.

Anderson, 110 (17.39 seconds) and 300 (44.57 seconds) hurdles; generated Dryden's sixths.

Lynch, high jump (5 feet 4 inches) and 400 dash (54.4 seconds); earned Dryden's sevenths.

Adam Barnier, pole vault, 10 feet 6 inches; checked in with the lone Dryden individual event eighth.

The 3200 relay of Collin Stone, Josh Barnier, Zach Ulman and Adam Barnier tacked on an eighth as well. They were timed in 9:57.4 en route.

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