Norwood’s Lane adds silver to his collection with second in shot put

LAKEWOOD — Thursday’s second-place finish in the shot put was bittersweet for Stryker Lane.

On the one hand, he would have liked to have defended his Class 2A state shot put title.

On the other, with five gold medals and a bronze to his credit during his high school wrestling and track & field career, it augments his collection.

“It’s my first silver,” the Norwood High School senior said. “I guess it’ll add to my color.”

Lane finished second to Sedgwick County’s Carson Ebke on Thursday’s opening day of the Class 2A state championships at Jefferson County Stadium.

Ebke set the bar early, throwing his winning toss of 52 feet, 3 inches, on his first try.

Lane’s best throw was 50 feet, giving him a better than three-foot margin over the third- and fourth-place finishers, who were also from Sedgwick County.

Lane has one more task before he wraps up his high school athletic career and heads to Cornell University to wrestle in college. That order starts at noon today with the finals of the 2A discus.

“I can get that sixth gold medal,” he said

Lane has the best discus throw in 2A this season by 9½ feet at 158-6.

Two years ago, the Paonia girls 3,200-meter relay team ran a time of 9 minutes, 58 seconds and lost the state title when it was nipped at the finish line.

On Thursday, the Eagle foursome of Sara Spano, Brittani Venard, Jami Reed and Johanna Reed ran the same time and won the state title by nearly five seconds. Crested Butte took sixth.

In the 2A boys 3,200 relay, Paonia was fourth, Meeker fifth and Vail Christian sixth.

Two freshmen girls placed in the 2A long jump finals. Kathryn Doll of Meeker took second place and Lindsey Stindt of Norwood was ninth. Jordan Van Vleet of Paonia was ninth in the boys long jump.

The highlight of the 3A and 2A meets in the afternoon was the final high school discus competition for Mason Finley.

With a throng of spectators ringing the specially constructed discus quadrant outside Jeffco Stadium and media members from ESPN television and Sports Illustrated said to be in attendance, the Buena Vista senior threw an all-classification state meet-record 214-1. He won the event by a whopping 68 feet, 5 inches.

Finley, who surpassed the eight-year-old national high school record of 234-3 earlier this season (it still needs to be authenticated by national track officials), looks to break Jim Banich’s 27-year-old all-classification state meet shot put record of 66-3.25 this morning. He’s already thrown 66-10.5 this season.

Olathe’s Kendal Lorentzen finished fifth and Cedaredge’s Jheri Gates tied for sixth in the 3A girls high jump. Joel Fraser of Gunnison placed fourth in the pole vault.

Basalt’s Chiara Del Piccolo came in fourth and Grand Valley’s Brandi Krieg sixth in the 3,200-meter finals.


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