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Three school records tumble as Dryden wins its own invitational

May 13, 2009
DRYDEN — The Dryden boys' track team set three school records en route to a number one showing at an invitational it hosted on Tuesday, May 5.

Dryden was a runaway winner that day, collecting 221 points. Akron-Fairgrove (114 points), Peck (95), North Huron (65), Caseville (six) and Port Hope (zero) rounded out the field assembled.

Doug Ladner, of Dryden, leaves all challengers behind him while competing in the 300-meter hurdles at the Dryden Invitational. photo by Kevin Kissane.
Chad Butler headlined for Dryden, setting a pair of school records. He posted a pole vault clearance of 13 feet 1 inch (surpassing the previous best of 12 feet 9 inches he accomplished earlier this season) and registered a long jump performance of 21 feet 1/2 inch (improving on the old mark of 20 feet 10 inches set by Bill Mrosewske during the 1979 campaign). Butler won both events.

Al Clark was the other Dryden performer who rewrote the school record book. He uncorked a shot put toss of 52 feet 6 inches (surpassing the previous best of 49 feet 5 1/2 inches set by Brad Dillon during the 2000 season). Clark's performance proved good enough to claim event honors.

Joe Battisti, high jump, 6 feet; Clark, discus, 127 feet; Doug Ladner, 110 (16.27 seconds) and 300-meter (40.37 seconds) hurdles; Matt Lynch, 400 dash, 52.14 seconds; James Kaliszewski, 1600-meter run, 5:15.92; and Zach Ulman, 3200 run, 12:11.02; supplied Dryden's other individual event wins.

The Dryden 400 (Eric Tietz, Geno Volante, Battisti and Butler) and 800 (Doug Ladner, Chad Butler, Lynch and Tietz) and 1600 (Brandon Gierman, Doug Ladner Lynch and Volante) relays also prevailed. They logged respective clockings of 46.8 seconds, 1:35.39 and 3:44.89 en route.

Tietz, 200-meter dash, 25.09 seconds; and Kaliszewski, 3200 run, 12:31.54; gave Dryden individual event seconds.

The Dryden 3200 relay (Cody Barker, Collin Stone, Gierman and Ulman) wound up second as well. They stopped the watch at 9:29.71.

Lynch, high jump, 5 feet 10 inches; Dylan Malone, pole vault, 9 feet 6 inches; Mike Smith, shot put, 37 feet 1 inch; Zac Henzel, Tietz, 100-meter dash, 12.3 seconds; 110 hurdles, 18.72 seconds; Battisti, 200-meter dash, 25.55 seconds; Gierman, 800 run, 2:15.39; and Wes Butler, 3200-meter run, 12:38.7; provided Dryden with thirds.

Battisti, long jump, 17 feet 9 inches; Adam Barnier, pole vault, 9 feet; and Volante, 400 dash, 57.56 seconds; generated Dryden's fourths.

Logan Ladner, 110-meter hurdles, 20.78 seconds; Henzel, 300 hurdles, 48.92 seconds; contributed fifths to Dryden's cause.

Dryden also counted sixth-place finish from Logan Ladner, 300-meter hurdles, 49.84 seconds.

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