TRI-CITY AREA — A pair of former Tri-City Area standouts excelled at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship recently.
The meet unfolded May 5-7 at Big Rapids, Michigan.
Doug Ladner, a Dryden High School graduate, clears a flight of hurdles during his senior campaign in 2009. Ladner, now at Northwood University, took fourth in the 400 hurdles at the recent GLIAC Championships. photo by Kevin Kissane.
Northwood University freshman Doug Ladner, a graduate of Dryden High School, took fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a clocking of 55.37 seconds.
Ashland sophomore Cyrus Granger was the event pacesetter. Granger stopped the watch at 54.21 seconds en route.
Lake Superior State University senior Jake Hoover, a graduate of Capac High School, ranked sixth among 3000-meter steeplechase competitors. It took him 9:39.3 to accomplish the feat.
Grand Valley State University junior Tyler Emmorey won the event with a time of 9:20.2.
Hoover also participated in the 5000-meter run at the meet, pulling up 19th with a 15:43.87 effort.
Grand Valley State University sophomore Paul Zielinski was the race pacesetter. He needed 14:51.53 to cover the territory.
Ashland University (208.5 points) took team honors. They were followed by Grand Valley State University (197.5 points), Hillsdale (88), Findlay (84), Tiffin (69), Saginaw Valley State University (64), Northwood (63), Lake Superior State University (19), Michigan Tech University (15) and Ferris State (eight).
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.