Lane, Royer Pace Girls Track Team at Panther Invitational
by Jeff Hunt
Mar 24, 2008 | 636 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DELTA – Norwood High School sophomore Molly Lane is picking up where she left off last spring.

The Mavericks’ field team phenom, which as a freshman finished as state runner-up last spring at the 2A state championships in Pueblo in the discus, won the same event on Saturday in the team’s opening meet at Delta High School during the Panther Invitational.

Although she threw 105 feet, 4 inches on Saturday – roughly 17 feet off of her 122-foot state performance last year – Lane came away with the title, helping lead the girls’ team to a 19.5-point, 13th-place finish in the 18-team meet, which was won by Cedaredge (87).

Lane also tied Gypsum Eagle Valley’s Jamie Blair for third in the shot put (31-7) to pick up 5.5 points for her 15.5 total for the meet. Lane finished 12th at state last year in the shot put with a throw of 34-2 1/4.

Also tallying points was hurdler Sandy Royer, who took sixth in the 300-meter hurdles (58.26) and ninth in the 100 hurdles (20.3).

In the team competition, the Mavericks finished one-half of a point behind 12th-place Paonia (20) and outlasted 14th-place Telluride (14), followed by Glenwood Springs, Ouray and Basalt (10 each), and New Castle Coal Ridge (7).

Gabardi scores Mavericks’ two points

The Maverick boys’ team totaled just two points thanks to Seth Gabardi’s seventh-place finish in the high jump. He cleared 5-4 to finish behind winner Andy Treacy of Montrose (6-0). Olathe’s Levi Weber placed just ahead of Gabari in sixth (5-8).

As a team, Norwood’s two points placed the Mavericks last among 18 teams. Delta (119.5) won the title by six points over Rifle. Area teams finishing ahead of the Mavericks were Telluride (11th, 13 points) and Ouray (tied for 15th, 3).

Gabardi also competed in the 100 (13.6).

Also for the Mavericks, Gabe Torres was three seconds from earning eighth place in the 1,600 as he finished 11th in 5:14.67, while Ethan Alexander was nearly four seconds from taking eighth in the 400 as he ran a 1:00.4 for 15th place.

Hotchkiss invitational Saturday

The boys’ and girls’ teams will return to action on Saturday, March 22 competing in the Hotchkiss Invitational.

Last year, the boys’ team scored 40 points to place seventh behind champion Cedaredge (122.5), Eagle Valley (86), Hotchkiss (73), Paonia (54), Olathe (43) and Parachute Grand Valley (41) in the 16-team meet.

The girls’ team placed 11th after tallying 21 points. Cedaredge took first among 17 teams with 122.5 points.
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