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Young boys prove their value at Kearney

KEARNEY—The Swede boys track and field team isn’t quite up to full strength yet with some members sharing time with other activities and a few nagging injuries.

Still, Gothenburg placed in several events at the non-scoring Kearney High Indoor Invite Friday against Class A opponents from Grand Island, Kearney and Omaha South.

“We were banging heads against some pretty good Class A squads,” said coach Steve Reeves. “I think Grand Island and Kearney will contend for the state title.”

Still, Reeves saw the Swedes turn in encouraging performances in several events.

Senior Bryce Eggleston won the 600-meter dash in a time of 1:31.26. The 600 is an indoor-only event but Reeves said Eggleston’s success bodes well for the outdoor season to come.

“He could do well in the 400 and 800 once we get outside,” the coach said.

Other notable performances came in the pole vault and the throwing events.

Sophomores Skyler Kottwitz and Blake Ristine finished fourth and seventh respectively in the vault.

Kottwitz cleared 12-0, his personal best, and Ristine got over 11-6.

“I think both of them will be over 12-6 before too long,” Reeves said.

In the throws, junior Dillon Gartner recorded 142-2 in the discus, his second best career performance in the first competition of the season.

And in the shot, Tanner Borchardt hit 48-1 to win the freshman division.

“We found out a few things about our young kids that will hopefully help us down the road,” Reeves said.

Seth Eggleston was also a freshman winner in the high jump clearing 5-6 while the ninth-grade 4x160 relay, another indoor-only event, took first in a time of 1:27.10. Runners were Seth Eggleston, Dirk Earll, Brennan Spencer and Keyan Anderson.

Gothenburg’s varsity boys will have their first outdoor meet of the year on Saturday at Ogallala.

Opponents include mostly Class B schools with a couple smaller squads as well. Field events are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. MT.

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