Trio Paces Mavericks Track Team to Seventh-Place Finish in Montrose
by Jeff Hunt
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TRACK ACTION – Norwood’s Billy Fourney (left) sprinted out of the blocks in the 110-meter hurdles on Friday afternoon, April 25 during the Montrose Invitational. Norwood’s Ethan Alexander (right) finished 27th in the shot put (31 feet, 10 inches). (Photos by Jeff Hunt)
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Lane Breaks Brother’s School Record

MONTROSE – Three athletes accounted for all of the Norwood High School boys’ track and field team’s 42 points and Stryker Lane broke his older brother’s school record in the shot put to place the Mavericks at the Indians Invitational in Montrose on Friday, April 25.

Lane totaled 20 points on the day, highlighted by winning the shot put with the new school record of 51 feet, 4 inches, surpassing brother Tucker Lane’s previous record of 51-1 1/2. Tucker Lane graduated last year after having advanced to the 2A state meet where he placed second.

Stryker Lane, a junior, also took first in the discus with a personal-best 149-1. “He’s getting better and better,” said coach Jack Brier of Stryker, who has already pre-qualified in both the discus and shot put to the state meet, which will be held in Pueblo (May 16-17). “He’s throwing better and better each week with that shot.”

Junior hurdler Billy Fourney brought home 17 points and nearly pre-qualified to state in two events – the 100 meters and 300 hurdles. He was second in the hurdles by running the event in 41.89 seconds. Pre-qualifying time is 41.84. He also took fourth in the 100 with an 11.6 with pre-qualifying standard being 11.57. Fourney added a fifth-place finish in the 110 hurdles (17.02).

Freshmen Gabe Torres continued his improvement for the Mavericks, crossing the finish line in the 1,600 and 3,200 in personal-best times, running a 5:03.02 in the mile to finish eighth and then took nearly 30 seconds off his previous personal-best time in the two mile to finish fifth in 10:55.22.

Also competing for the boys’ team was Ethan Alexander in the shot put (34-10) and the discus (85-9) and Brennan Carr, also in the shot (personal-best 32-5) and discus (107-5).

“They did well for the competition that was there,” Brier said. “Billy, Gabe and Stryker scored the points. Gabe…ran really well for a freshman. He’s starting to turn it on now for the end of the year.”

For the girls’ team, well, Mollie Lane was the lone competitor, scoring 15 points by winning the discus (117-7) – an event in which she’s already pre-qualified to the state meet – and taking fourth in the discus (32-1).

“She’s staying the course and winning the discus week-in and week-out,” Brier said.

Lane was the lone competitor for the girls because the team’s other athlete, Sandy Royer, was competing with the band.

SAN JUAN BASIN LEAGUE SATURDAY IN BAYFIELD

Brier will accompany the boys’ and girls’ teams to the San Juan Basin League championship meet on Saturday, May 3 in Bayfield. Other teams competing include Dolores, Dove Creek, Mancos and Telluride.

“I might throw a couple different kids in different events – something they hadn’t done all year,” Brier said. “I’ll have Ethan run the 200, and then the 100 or 400. Gabe will stay where he’s at because he’s doing well. Brennan will also see what kind of wheels he has. We’re going to mix it up this weekend and get ready for the regional.”

The meet will also include teams from the Intermountain League and the Southern Peaks League, which will be competing in their respective league championship meet.

After the league championships, Norwood will compete in the 2A Region 5 meet in Grand Junction on May 9-10.
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