Fourney, Lane Lead Boys’ Track Team in Woodburn Invite
by Jeff Hunt, Sports Editor
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OUT OF THE BLOCKS – Norwood sophomore Ethan Alexander exploded out of the blocks during his heat of the 400 meters on Saturday, April 12 during Palisade’s Frank Woodburn Invitational in Grand Junction. (Photo by Jeff Hunt)
GRAND JUNCTION – Juniors Billy Fourney and Stryker Lane were the muscle behind the Norwood High School boys’ track and field team’s 28 points in the 19-team Frank Woodburn Invitational hosted by Palisade on Saturday, April 12 in Grand Junction’s Stocker Stadium.

Lane was his typical self, winning the discus with a throw of 145-feet, 6 inches, outlasting runner-up Andrew Aragon (141-0) of Delta. Lane also added a second-place finish in the shot put, throwing 46-3 1/2, placing behind J.T. Haddan of Craig Moffat County (50-4 1/2). The first-place finish earned Lane 10 points, while his second-place outing was good enough for eight.

“He’s throwing that discus well right now,” boys’ coach Jack Brier said. “He’s getting it out there. In the shot, there are kids throwing it pretty well right now, so he’s got competition and that makes him better.”

Fourney accounted for the rest of the team’s 10 points, placing fourth in both the 110-meter hurdles (17.04 seconds) and 300-intermediate hurdles (43.35). In the 110s, he finished behind Rifle’s Clayton Spillane (16.8), Palisade’s Matt Young (17.0) and Parachute Grand Valley’s Jared Tonder (17.0). In the 300s, he crossed the finish line behind Young (42.17), Spillane (42.55) and Tonder (43.24).

“Billy is right up there with the top hurdlers and in the top four in the whole area,” Brier said. “I’m hoping he can even drop his time in the 300 hurdles. He’s right there.”

In the team standings, Fourney’s and Lane’s combined points placed Norwood 11th behind Fruita Monument (101), Rifle (74), Delta (67), Grand Junction (54), Hotchkiss (48), Minturn Battle Mountain (47.5), Moffat County (37), Montrose (35.5), Palisade (31.5), and Paonia (29.5). The Mavericks defeated Olathe and Cedaredge (26 each), Grand Junction Central (18), Grand Valley (13), New Castle Coal Ridge (12), Rangely (10), Ouray (4), and Collbran Plateau Valley (1).

Sophomore Mollie Lane picked up the girls’ team’s entire 16 points by winning the discus and finishing third in the shot put.

She came just four feet under the 120-foot mark in the discus by throwing 116-6 – at the 2A state meet last year, she finished second with a throw of 122-0 – defeating second-place finisher Kami Utu of Fruita, who threw 113-7.

In the shot put, Lane threw 32-9 1/2 to place behind Myiah Bengston of Moffat County (33-4) and Utu (32-10 1/2).

Lane’s 16 points placed the Mavericks – whose other competitor was Sandy Royer in the hurdles and throws – 15th in the team standings among 20 scoring schools. Fruita (118) was first, followed by Moffat County (92), Hotchkiss (71), Delta (46), Olathe (42.5), Paonia (42), Palisade (37.5), Battle Mountain (37), Cedaredge (36), Rifle (30), Grand Junction (25), Montrose (24), Grand Valley (20), and Coal Ridge (19). Norwood defeated Edwards Vail Christian (14), Rangely (9), Ouray (6), Central (5), and Plateau Valley (2).

WHAT’S AHEAD

Up next for the Mavericks will be the Gunnison Cowboy Invitational at Western State College. They will then travel to Montrose on Friday, April 25 and then to the league meet on Saturday, May 3 in Bayfield before the Region 5 meet the following weekend in Stocker Stadium.

The state championships, which both Mollie and Stryker Lane have already qualified, will be held May 16-17 in Dutch Clark Stadium in Pueblo.

Mollie has easily qualified to state in the discus with her 116-6 last weekend by surpassing the pre-qualifying meet standard of 110 feet. To qualify to state in the shot, again, Mollie will have to throw at least a 35-2 in any subsequent pre-qualifying meets, or, qualify by how she finishes placement-wise at the regional. Last year at state, she was 12th with a throw of 34-2 1/4.

For Stryker, he’s also easily surpassed the pre-qualifying standard for state of 138 in the discus and 48-5 in the shot. His qualifying marks thus far are 146-3 in the discus and 48-10 1/2 in shot.

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