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Foster wins two golds, hurdles into Top 10

It’s difficult for Gothenburg track and field coach Steve Reeves to pin down every good thing that happened for the Swede boys during the Dutch Zorn Invite on Friday.

There were so many areas where Swedes really shined, he said.

“We had kids that we expect to be successful turn it up another notch,” Reeves said. “And we had some younger kids who have really stepped up. Overall, it was a good meet for us.”

The Swede boys finished third behind repeat champion McCook and runner-up Lexington.

“You know even though we’re all in Class B, our kids are going up against much larger squads,” the coach said. “McCook has a whole stable of high quality kids who will do well at the state level.”

Still, the Swedes held their own in the top three.

Senior Alec Foster earned both of Gothenburg’s gold medals, taking first in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdle events.

“Alec really had a nice meet,” Reeves said. “He’s back to form in the high hurdles and made a monstrous improvement in the 300 race.”

Foster’s time of 41.23 in the 300-meter hurdles moves him into No. 10 on the school’s all-time Top 10 chart.

The neat thing about Foster and the hurdles, Reeves said, is that he has an outstanding younger supporting cast.

Blake Ristine and Preston Franzen both medaled in the 110 race placing third and sixth, respectively, and Franzen was second in the 300 race.

“Our younger hurdlers seem to be getting better every meet,” Reeves said. “We like to see that.”

Three other Swedes earned silver medals. Aaron Collins was second in the triple jump while Brandon Wlasiuk came in second in the high jump and Tanner Borchardt threw for second in the shot.

The Swedes finished sixth in the Zorn relay, a mile medley consisting of two 200, a 400 and an 800 race.

Runners were Mason Ackerman, Logan Sheets, Logan Koehler and Bryce Eggleston.

Winner of the relay, run only at the Zorn Meet in honor of longtime coach Dutch Zorn, was Lexington.

A limited number of Swedes will compete at the Don Bader Invite in Lexington on Friday because many team members will be at the district music contest.

“The Lexington meet gives us quality competition in all events,” Reeves said of the Class A-D entries. “It also provides an opportunity to experiment a little, especially with relays.”

Friday’s meet begins at noon.

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