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Top 10 performances lead Swedes to fourth

BROKEN BOW—Two Swede girls had all-time Top 10 performances at the Broken Bow Invite on Thursday to lead the Gothenburg girls to a fourth-place team finish.

Freshman Tiani Reeves improved her personal best in the long jump by 5 inches to move up from No. 8 on the all-time list to No. 4.

Gothenburg coach Steve Reeves said Tiani hasn’t yet reached her personal best from a year ago but he’s hopeful she’ll be able to fight off injuries and continue to improve.

Senior Kersten Nelson also made it into the school’s all-time listing in the shot with a throw of 38-7.5.

“Kersten had been hovering right around the 35- to 36-foot mark,” the coach said. “That was a big throw for her.”

Plenty of other encouraging performances came from the meet as well, Reeves said.

“Our discus throwers continue to improve,” he said. “Emily (Franzen) is knocking on the door of the Top 10.”

Then when the girls got to the running events, a second- and third-place finish in the 400-meter dash became a bright spot.

Sophomore Regan Geiken was second and senior Payton Prall came in third in a personal best time of 1:03.3.

“Payton has improved her times a great deal,” Reeves said. “She has really stepped up.”

Prall also ran outstanding legs of the 4x400 and 4x800 relays, the coach said. Each finished third.

Freshman MaKaela Franzen was also a triple medalist placing sixth in the 100 hurdles, fifth in the 300 hurdles and third in the long jump.

The Swedes will compete at home this week during the Dutch Zorn Invite on Friday.

Reeves said it should be a competitive meet.

“Sidney has a really nice girls squad and so does Lexington,” he said. “Plus, we were right there with McCook at Broken Bow. We should see a quality meet.”

The field events begin at 2 p.m. at the Gothenburg track with running events scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

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