Track and field: Canby speeds through home invitational
Devon Fortier is making up for lost time on the track with, well, lost time on the track.
The standout junior has seemingly returned to form after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during a football camp last summer, and he offered additional evidence during the Canby track and field teams annual invitational April 18.
Fortier broke his school record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.86 seconds to win the event, and he clocked a season-best 10.83 seconds to take first place in the 100.
They were the latest achievements in a comeback season for the junior, who posted top-three finishes in both events at last years state championships.
As of April 21, Fortier owned the No. 1 spot in the Class 6A rankings for the 200 and held the second spot in the 100 behind only Thurston senior Cody Warner (10.74).
Fortiers performances were among the highlights for the Cougars, who placed second on the boys side and fourth on the girls side at the six-team invitational. The boys tallied 145.42 points to finish behind champion Kelso (Wash.), which accrued 180 points, while the girls closed with 113.5 points to end up behind Silverton (132.5), Kelso (130) and Tualatin (127.5).
Timmy Johnson rejoined the team after competing in the decathlon at the Arcadia Multis in Southern California earlier this month, winning all three of his individual events.
The versatile senior won the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles with personal-best times of 14.95 seconds and 40.31 seconds, and he added a victory in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet 6 inches.
Johnson and Fortier joined junior Noah Walker and senior Dominic Shorter on the victorious 400-meter relay squad, whose time of 42.44 seconds is currently ranked No. 2 in 6A behind Eugene-Sheldon (42.32).
Walker, who finished second behind Fortier in both sprints, holds the No. 2 ranking in 6A in the 200 with the career-best 22.20 that he posted at the invitational. He also logged personal records in the 100 (11.05) and javelin (167-2).
Canby exhibited remarkable speed in the longer running events, too.
Steven Cranston used a strong kick to pass Kelso senior Ron Leaf in the home stretch of the 1,500. The standout sophomore finished with a time of 4 minutes 9.48 seconds, which puts him at No. 2 in the Three Rivers League standings behind West Linn sophomore Roman Ollar (4:03.80).
Cougars junior Josh Payne posted a season-best time of 2:00.50 to win the 800, edging Leaf by less than a half-second.
Hannah Knutson led the girls with a first-place finish in the long jump, where she earned a mark of 16-4.5 to clip Tualatin senior Laura Taylor (16-3.75).
Canby runners-up included Knutson in the triple jump with a 34-8.25, sophomore Skylee Doman in the 200 with a personal-record 26.84, senior Hannah Porter in the shot put with a season-best 33-2 and freshman Payton Jasmer in the javelin with a career-best 114-6.
The Cougars return to action April 23 in a dual meet at Lakeridge. The team will then compete at the Elden Kellar Invitational on April 25 at Hare Field in Hillsboro.
AT A GLANCE
2014 Canby Invitational
April 18 at Canby High School
Boys: 1. Kelso, 180; 2. Canby, 145.42; 3. Silverton, 113.42; 4. Beaverton, 84.92; 5. Tualatin, 83.34; 6. Sprague, 43.84.
Girls: 1. Silverton, 132.5; 2. Kelso, 130; 3. Tualatin, 127.5; 4. Canby, 113.5; 5. Beaverton, 110; 6. Sprague, 40.5.