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Swede boys finish 2nd at Broken Bow

BROKEN BOW—Even with stiff competition from another top-notch Class B track and field team, the Swede boys continued to see better individual performances at the Broken Bow Invite on Friday.

“When I look at it holistically, we made several improvements,” said Gothenburg coach Steve Reeves. “Still, there are areas where we need to get better.”

With a higher level of competition coming from a McCook team that is solid across the board, Reeves said the Swedes had a constant push.

Gothenburg finished second in the team race with 102 points behind McCook’s 145.5 points.

“Again, we earned 60 or more points in the field events to get us started,” Reeves said.

Junior Brandon Wlasiuk earned three medals in the jump events including a gold in the triple jump with a distance of 41 feet, 2.5 inches.

Sophomore Dillon Gartner also earned a pair of medals in the weight events, finishing second in the discus and fifth in shot.

The Swedes had two boys place in five of the six field events to lead the team before running events even started.

Then more good things happened on the track.

Senior sprinter Tannor Mroczek continues to nip tenths of seconds off his time in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Mroczek finished second in both races to Cozad freshman Jake Paulsen.

Junior Brett Dockweiler earned Gothenburg’s only individual gold medal in the running events by taking first in the 1600-meter run.

“Brett ran an outstanding 1600-meter,” Reeves said. “He had to lean at the wire to beat a kid from Holdrege but he got it done.”

The Swedes will continue to look for improved performances as they compete at home this week during the Dutch Zorn Invitational on Friday.

“I think McCook will be the team to beat again this week,” Reeves said. “They just have a large number of solid athletes.”

Field events begin Friday at 2 p.m. followed by running events at approximately 3 p.m.

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