by nathan oster
Class 3A rivals Powell and Cody ran away from the pack to win the boys and girls divisions at the D&D Invitational Thursday in Worland.
Greybull, one of three 2A teams in the 10-team field, placed eighth in the boys division with 39 points and ninth in the girls division with 19.5 points.
Senior Calder Forcella claimed the team’s only individual win, taking the discus with a heave of 137 feet, 6 inches — five inches better than the second-place finisher (and UW football recruit) Riley Stringer of Powell. It was Forcella’s best throw of the season. He also added five team points with a fourth-place finish in the shot put (43-9 1/2).
In both events, Forcella bettered the state’s automatic qualifying standard. He’ll now be going to Casper in three different events — as the boys 400-meter relay team qualified at the Bill Gerrard Invitational.
Speaking of that foursome, it is banged up at the moment. Forcella is dealing with a knee injury, Ryan Sylvester with a tweaked ankle and Fabian Davila with a quad strain. And yet, those three and Chris Ogg (a senior who has missed the past two seasons due to injuries of his own) still ran well enough to place second in Worland, trailing only Thermopolis.
The Bobcats were credited with an FAT of 45.96, Greybull with a 48.72 — although Sukut questions his team’s clocking, saying he had them at 46.9 hand-held and that they were right on Thermopolis’ heels.
“For being so early in the season, we are a little banged up there,” said Sukut. “It’s not that the training has been that hard. Just little things that have popped up.”
Sydney Eckman registered the top finish on the girls’ side, as her 2:49.04 was good for second in the 800 meters. While a couple seconds slower than her best time, Sukut said, “It wasn’t a great day to run, weather wise. Kids had a hard time stretching out. It was bone-chilling cold throughout the day. I think just about everybody added time.”
In addition to Eckman, Sukut listed as highlights the sixth-place finish by freshman Paige Flock in the 3,200 meters, Brittany Ogg’s seventh-place finish in the triple jump, Serenity Kinswoman’s seventh-place finish in the 800 and Aftin DeRosa who “is coming on strong” in the long jump, where she placed fourth.
The thinclads returned to practice Wednesday and are tentatively scheduled to compete at meets in Burlington Friday and in Powell on Saturday.
The complete results from Worland are as follows:
BOYS DIVISION — Powell 119, Rawlins 99, Lovell 76, Thermopolis 75, Worland 60, Riverside 57, Burlington 43, Greybull 39, Cody 33, Dubois 20.
200 METERS — 7, Ryan Sylvester, 25.14.
300 HURDLES — 3, Chris Ogg, 47.58. 6, Cade Dooley, 50.97.
HIGH JUMP — 7, Cade Dooley, 5-6.
TRIPLE JUMP — 7, Fabian Davila, 37-10. 8, Ryan Sylvester, 37-8.
SHOT PUT — 4, Calder Forcella, 43-9 ½.
DISCUS — 1, Calder Forcella, 137-6.
400 RELAY — 2, Greybull, 48.72.
GIRLS DIVISION — Cody 172.5, Worland 119, Powell 103, Lovell 52, Burlington 43, Rawlins 26, Riverside 24, Thermopolis 23, Greybull 19.5, Ten Sleep 11.
800 METERS — 2, Sydney Eckman, 2:49.04. 6, Serenity Kinswoman, 3:19.26.
LONG JUMP — 4, Aftin DeRosa, 14-4 ½.
TRIPLE JUMP — 7, Brittany Ogg, 26-0.