Battani among nation’s best

ALMONT — Almont’s Jacob Battani saw to it that his first trip to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Division 2 Championships would prove one he won’t soon forget, posting a pole vault clearance of 16 feet 11 1/4 inches for Grand Valley State University’s team en route to a fifth-place finish.

The meet was contested May 25-27 in Bradenton Florida, with his event taking place on the first day of the competition. It was hosted by the University of Tampa and IMG Academy. 

Battani, who was seeded 18th, needed just one attempt to clear the opening height of 15 feet 9 1/4 inches.

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