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Swede girls show promise for future

SIDNEY—Plenty of positive results came from Gothenburg’s first trip to the Sidney Invite.

Swede coach Steve Reeves said the biggest thing is that he found several areas where underclassmen found success and will only continue to develop.

““We are young in a lot of areas,” Reeves said. “The girls are finding that the step up from junior high is a lot more intense but we’re only going to get better and that’s encouraging.”

The Swedes finished second as a team, behind the host Red Raiders, with 22 varsity medals and 22 junior varsity medals.

“It’s a nice meet because it gives the girls a chance to medal in two divisions,” Reeves said. “That helps boost the confidence a little.”

Junior Siera Schwanz earned Gothenburg’s only varsity gold of the day with a personal best performance in the pole vault.

Schwanz cleared 9-0 to tie the school’s all-time No. 8 height with senior Erica Houchin finishing second with a vault of 8-0.

“I think there’s still room for improvement from all of them,” Reeves said.

Other high points came in the weight events, the hurdles and the relays.

The Swedes placed two girls in both the shot and the discus with sophomore Emily Franzen leading the way with second and third, respectively.

Reeves said freshman MaKaela Franzen’s performance in both hurdle events leaves him optimistic.

Franzen finished fifth in the 100 lows and was second in the 300-meter race, leading a strong crew of hurdlers.

Possibly most gratifying, Reeves said, was three 4x400 relays earning medals between the varsity and reserve squads.

The varsity 4x400 relay was second with the reserve squads finishing first and second.

“You can’t under estimate the value of the mile relays,” the coach said. “Good track teams are usually competitive in that relay and we finished with three medals.”

Other reserves to win events include Haley Cline in the 100-meter dash, Abbie Mazour in the 300-meter hurdles, McKinley Harm in the triple jump and Kyndal Holmes in both the shot and discus.

The Swedes will compete closer to home this week, traveling to the Ogallala Invite on Saturday.

The meet includes Class B and C schools and is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. MT with field events.

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