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Benton leaps to second in state finals


Almont's Creger finishes ninth, Imlay City relay team sets school record on way to 16th



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Almont sophomore high jumper Aaron Benton clears a school record of 6 feet 8 inches en route to second at the Division 2 state finals last Saturday. photo by Kevin Kissane.

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Almont sophomore high jumper Aaron Benton clears a school record of 6 feet 8 inches en route to second at the Division 2 state finals last Saturday. photo by Kevin Kissane.
June 09, 2010
ALMONT — Aaron Benton posted a school record-setting high jump clearance of 6 feet 8 inches en route to a second, helping the Almont boys' track team to a five-way tie for 29th place last Saturday at the Division 2 state track and field finals.

Zeeland High School is where the action unfolded.

Byron Center edged Zeeland West, 30 points to 29, for team honors that day. They were followed by Flint Southwestern (26 points), Ferndale (25), Cadillac and Auburn Hills Avondale (24 each), Big Rapids, Cedar Springs and East Lansing (21 each), Dewitt (20), North Branch, Ogemaw Heights and Detroit Country Day (18 apiece), Otsego, Vicksburg and Haslett (16 each), Zeeland East and Fowlerville (14 apiece), St. Johns and Highland Park (13 each), East Grand Rapids, Plainwell and Lansing Sexton (12 apiece), Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, Standish Sterling and Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern (11 each), Saginaw and Gull Lake (10 apiece), Bloomfield Hills Andover, Chelsea, Niles, Allegan and Almont (eight each), Grand Rapids Catholic Central (seven-and-a-half), Linden (seven), Marine City, Marshall, Bloomfield Hills Lahser, Grand Rapids West Catholic and Caro (seven apiece), Alma, Comstock Park, Cros-Lex, South Haven and Charlotte (five each), Midland Bullock Creek (four-and-a-half), Parma Western, Paw Paw, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood, Grant, Wyoming Park, Dearborn Divine Child and Muskegon Orchard View (four apiece), Lansing Waverly, Detroit Crockett Gaylord, Middleville-Thornapple Kellogg and Edwardsburg (three each), Grand Rapids Creston, Monroe Jefferson, Bay City John Glenn, Grand Rapids South Christian, Williamston, Corunna, Flint Northwestern and Detroit Renaissance (two apiece) along with Sparta, Manistee, Gibralter Carlson and Richmond (one each).

Benton's effort improved on the previous school record of 6 feet 7 inches. He had cleared that height three times this season.

For his performance, Benton earned All-State accolades (given to the top-eight finishers in each event).

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Dylan Creger threatened to become the second Almont performer to obtain All-State plaudits, logging the ninth swiftest 3200-meter run time at 9:39. That improved on the old school record of 9:43.5 he established earlier this season.

The Imlay City 1600 relay of Chane Forsyth, Jonny Mosier, Nick Nivison and Kevin Shene gave a good account of themselves as well. They pulled up 16th with a school record-setting time of 3:28.98, erasing the previous standard of 3:29.98 set by Angel Pizzaro, Mike Guerrero, John Duke and David Sears during the 2007 campaign.

Shene also represented Imlay City in the 400-meter dash at the Division 3 state track and field finals. His performance fell short of what was needed to rank among the top-eight finishers in the event.

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.
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