Weather unfriendly at Zorn meet
Gothenburg boys no match for McCook team’s depth.
Mother Nature did not cooperate the way everyone would have liked for the Dutch Zorn Invite at Gothenburg Monday.
A brisk wind on top of chilly temperatures drove most athletes and fans under several layers of clothes topped with blankets.
But the conditions are there for everyone competing, said Gothenburg coach Steve Reeves.
“We all face the same weather,” he said. “It’s not like the wind only blows in lane five.”
Mentally, the elements can wear on track and field athletes if they allow it.
Reeves said that’s one area of the sport he hopes the Swedes learn to overcome.
“You have to just go compete no matter what the temperature is,” he said.
The Swede boys competed hard and had some outstanding performances but Gothenburg couldn’t match the depth McCook brought to town.
“They have a lot more kids in their school and more athletes to choose from,” Reeves said. “It’s tough to compete with that kind of depth.”
McCook regained the boys team championship for the first time since 2006. The Bison scored 185 team points.
Gothenburg finished second in the team race with 158 points followed by Lexington at 100.
“We had a lot of kids equal or improve their personal bests,” Reeves said. “And we put some kids in four events. That’s asking a lot of them.”
Tannor Mroczek, Cody Ostergard and Logan Sheets were all entered in four events.
Mroczek took first in the 100-meter dash, second in the 200, fourth in long jump and ran on the second-place 4x100 relay.
Ostergard finished third in both the long and triple jumps, was third as well in the 200 and also ran on the 4x100 relay with Mroczek and Sheets.
Sheets competed in the 100, 200, 4x100 relay and the winning sprint medley. Other team members were Tracy Nelson, Logan Koehler and Bryce Eggleston.
The medley is a tribute to the invite’s namesake, Dutch Zorn, who guided Gothenburg to state track championships in 1949, 1957, 1962 and 1971.
Zorn’s distinguished coaching career in track and football landed him in the first class of inductees in the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
Another Swede to capture a gold medal was
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