Field events bring big points for boys team
OGALLALA—Well over half of the team points that Gothenburg’s boys earned at the Ed Moore Invite in Ogallala on Saturday came in the field events.
Swede coach Steve Reeves expects team members to compete hard in all areas but he stresses the importance of getting off to a solid start in the team standings before the first gun is fired on the track.
Gothenburg finished second as a team in a close race at the top.
Cozad took the title with 113 points followed by Gothenburg at 100 and Ogallala with 95.
“I think our competitiveness is stepping up,” Reeves said. “I like the direction we’re heading.”
Five different Swedes earned gold medals, including two with notable performances.
Senior Alec Foster posted a 15.0-second time to win the 110-meter high hurdle finals and jump into the No. 7 spot on the Gothenburg High School all-time Top 10 list.
“We knew he would run a good race in the highs,” Reeves said. “Our hurdlers are very strong.”
And while not hitting the Top 10, freshman Tanner Borchardt set a new ninth-grade school record in the shot.
Borchardt threw 49-5.5 to win the event and bypass the old freshman record by 4 inches. Borchardt’s teammate Dillon Gartner set the previous record distance in 2010.
Gartner earned his own gold at Ogallala in the discus, tossing it 144-5.5.
Others to take first include junior Preston Franzen in the 300-meter hurdles and sophomore Skyler Kottwitz in the pole vault.
“Preston runs very hard,” Reeves said, “and Skyler is coming on in the pole vault. We have a lot of good things happening right now.”
The Swedes travel to Broken Bow for a six-team invite on Thursday. Field events begin at 2:30 p.m.