Four individual boys, two relays to compete in Omaha
McCOOK—When district time rolls around, track and field coaches hope for no disappointments and a few surprises.
Gothenburg coach Steve Reeves said he got a handful of both at the B-6 district meet in McCook on Friday.
Although out of anyone’s control, the weather posed the first disappointment of the meet.
Postponed a day from Thursday to Friday, Mother Nature replaced heavy rain and lightening with cool temperatures and strong winds
“We all get the same conditions,” Reeves said. “It’s all about how you handle it.”
The Swedes, he said, handled it just fine with four individual state qualifiers and a pair of relay teams headed for the state championship meet in Omaha this weekend.
Senior Tannor Mroczek is a four-time state qualifier in the 100-meter dash and three-time qualifier in the 200.
He placed second in each event behind Cozad freshman Jake Paulsen.
“Tannor knows that he and the Paulsen kid are as good as it gets in Class B,” Reeves said. “He ran two outstanding races and I think he will do well at state.”
Junior Brett Dockweiler is also returning to state for the third time in the 3200-meter run.
Dockweiler finished second in the race to Dillon McKeag of Ogallala on Friday and was second as well in the 1600-meter run.
With the anchor leg on the qualifying 4x800 relay, that makes three distance races for Dockweiler at state.
“It takes maturity and athleticism to do what Brett did,” Reeves said. “Not many kids can pull that off. I’d say he had his best meet in totality he’s ever run.”
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