ALMONT — The Battani family, who attend Almont schools, gave a good account of themselves in the track and field portion of the Meijer State Games recently.
East Kentwood High School, near Grand Rapids, is where the action unfolded.
Jacob Battani, a 16-year-old, paced all divisions with a pole vault clearance of 14 feet that day.
Evan Battani topped all Boys' 11-12 Division pole vault entrants, thanks to an effort of 6 feet.
Chase Battani was the Boys' 8 and Under Division pole vault champion. He cleared a height of 5 feet.
Aubrey Battani, a 15-year-old, took second place among all Girls pole vault participants. She posted a clearance of 9 feet 6 inches en route.
Austin Battani added a third among Boys' 13-14 pole vault entrants, thanks to a performance of 7 feet 6 inches.
Evan and Chase Battani also tested their prowess in the javelin that day. The former fended off all foes in the Boys' 11-12 division 600g Javelin and the latter ranked first in the Boys' 8 and Under Divison 300g Javelin. They notched efforts of 65 feet 10 inches and 58 feet 8 inches, respectively, en route to those finishes.
An estimated 7,500-plus athletes from all corners of Michigan came and represented 40-plus sports and competed in the Sixth Annual Meijer State Games of Michigan.
The signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission is multi-sport Olympic Style event that welcomes athletes regardless of age or ability. The games embody the values of participation, sportsmanship and healthy living among residents of the state of Michigan. The philosphy of the Meijer State Games in everyone participates regardless of age or ability; everyone is welcome and everyone plays. The Meijer State Games of Michigan is truly a grassroots organization that relies on the dedication of thousands of volunteers and the support of corporate sponsors.
Like the Olympics, the Meijer State Games of Michigan includes an Opening Ceremonies that allows thousands of spectators to witness the Parade of Athletes, Lighting of the Cauldron and experience great entertainment.
This article was originally published by Kevin Kissane in the Tri-City Times