Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Gothenburg boys look to build depth

The Gothenburg boys track and field team isn’t likely to see multiple medals in many individual events this spring.

That means it’s going to take old-fashioned hard work and a competitive spirit to boost the Swedes to the top of the team standings.

Depth could be an issue for the boys but long-time coach Steve Reeves says quality and desire are never lacking in the Gothenburg program.

“We lost a very competitive bunch of seniors last year,” Reeves said. “Obviously that will affect our depth this spring but I still feel good about the talented kids we’ve got.”

There’s no particular area that Reeves sees as the team’s strength.

“Hopefully we’ll be pretty balanced in the field events and earn some points on the track as well,” he said. “I’d like to see us scoring across the board.”

Reeves will look to returning state qualifiers Tannor Mroczek and Brett Dockweiler for leadership.

Mroczek, a senior, is a three-time state qualifier in the sprint races.

He tied the school record in the 100-meter dash last spring with a time of 10.6 seconds and finished fifth in Class B in the race among a loaded field of runners.

Mroczek has also placed at state in the 200-meter dash, tied for second on the school’s all-time chart with a time of 22.1 seconds.

Dockweiler, a junior, has qualified for state in the distance races twice achieving the No. 3 all-time spot in the 3200-meter run with a time of 9:59.7.

“I’m sure we will fill in between those two but we’ll need some kids to step up,” Reeves said.

Competition won’t be easy, the coach said, with plenty of strong athletes in both the conference and the B-6 district.

In the Southwest Conference, Minden enjoyed success through the fall and winter seasons. Often, Reeves said, that can be attributed to good athletes who will succeed in the spring as well.

Ogallala’s track tradition runs deep, Reeves said, and Cozad will be much improved as well.

As for the district, Reeves said it’s much too early to tell where things might fall.

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