Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Gothenburg girls gain three gold medals at Ogallala

OGALLALA—A handful of Gothenburg’s girls had personal best performances on Saturday to boost the Swedes to a second-place team finish at the Ed Moore Invite in Ogallala.

It’s those kinds of outstanding performances this early in the season that keep coach Steve Reeves filled with high hopes for the future.

“We had a number of solid performances,” Reeves said, “and we expect to see more in the weeks to come.”

The Swede girls earned three gold medals and all three marked spots in the school’s all-time Top 10.

Freshman Tiani Reeves, an All-American in youth competitions, finished her first high school track and field meet with a pair of individual gold medals and a silver.

Tiani started the day winning the long jump with a mark of 16-11.5. That places her eighth on the Swede all-time list.

She followed that up with a winning performance in the 200-meter dash. Tiani’s preliminary time was 26.3 seconds, good enough for No. 5 on the all-time list. She won the finals in a time of 26.7 seconds, nearly a whole second ahead of second place.

Tiani ended her day running the third leg of the 4x400 relay, which finished second.

“She’s off to a good start,” the coach said.

Senior Erica Houchin earned the third gold medal for Gothenburg in the pole vault with her personal best performance clearing 9-0.

She is now tied for No. 8 on the all-time chart with teammate Siera Schwanz, who was third with Aryn Meisinger fourth.

“We’ve got two at 9-0 with room to grow and a third that will be there before long,” Reeves said.

The coach praised the efforts of the girls in the shot as well. Emily Franzen, Kersten Nelson and Kyndall Holmes were third, fourth and fifth.

“They’re really coming on,” Reeves said.

Overall, Reeves was pleased with the improvement from last week to this week and he expects times and distances to continue to get better.

“We have a lot to be excited about,” he said.

Sidney’s girls cruised to the team title with 133 points followed by Gothenburg with 89.

The Swedes will compete next at the Broken Bow Invite on Thursday. Field events begin at 2:30 p.m.