Boys finish third with three golds
Borchardt sets freshman record
BROKEN BOW—Despite being hampered by a variety of injuries, the Swede boys managed three gold medals, one Top 10 performance and a new freshman record at the Broken Bow Invite on Thursday, all while collectively finishing third in the team standings.“We’ve been bit a little by the injury bug,” said Swede coach Steve Reeves. “Those things happen, I guess, and we’ll just have to work through them.”
Junior thrower Dillon Gartner is one of those battling an injury that keeps him from participating in the shot.
Still, Gartner tossed the discus 164 feet to take first in the event and jump into the No. 4 position on the school’s all-time Top 10.
“Dillon had a great throw in the discus and we hope to get him back into the shot soon,” Reeves said.
Teammate and fellow thrower Tanner Borchardt, a freshman, set a new ninth-grade record in the discus with a fourth-place throw of 137-0. The previous freshman record of 135-2 was set by Chad Dachtler in 2005.
“I’m impressed with the way Tanner is competing on the varsity level for us,” Reeves said.
The workhorse at Thursday’s meet, though, was junior Preston Franzen, who earned a pair of gold medals.
Franzen jumped his personal best in the triple jump to win with 41-2.5 and he placed first in the 300 hurdles with a time of 41.9 seconds.
He also finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles and ran on the second-place 4x400 relay team.
“Preston does a lot of good things for us every week,” Reeves said. “He is a hard worker.”
Gothenburg was third as a team with 90 points behind the winner McCook with 179 and second-place Cozad at 110.
The Swedes will face McCook’s depth again this week as they host the Dutch Zorn Invite on Friday.
“The McCook boys have a lot of stallions,” Reeves said. “It’s difficult for us to match that.”
Field events for the home meet begin at 2 p.m. with running events scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.