Swedes perform well at Bader Invite
Wlasiuk earns Gothenburg’s only gold medal in high jump
LEXINGTON—With limited numbers and no team scoring, the Don Bader Invitational at Lexington on Friday was all about individual performances for the Swedes.
It turned out there were some great ones.“There was a wide variety of good competition,” said Gothenburg coach Steve Reeves. “We had kids find success in several areas and they are always striving to get better.”
The only gold medal came from senior Brandon Wlasiuk in the high jump.
While splitting time between the high jump and triple jump, Wlasiuk was able to spring over 6-foot-1, his personal best and good enough to win the event.
“Brandon had a couple of nice attempts at 6-2,” Reeves said. “I think it was a good confidence builder for him.”
For his winning effort, Wlasiuk was presented a special award in Don Bader’s memory.
Wlasiuk also earned medals in the pit jumps, taking sixth in the long jump and eighth in the triple jump.
Bryce Eggleston and Alec Foster were medalists in two events each.
Eggleston finished third in the 400-meter dash and seventh in the 800 while Foster was third in the 110-meter high hurdles and fourth in the 300 hurdle race.
Thirteen of the 15 Swedes who competed on Friday came home with hardware.
“That’s quite an accomplishment,” Reeves said.
On the girls side, Tiani Reeves achieved a personal best time in the 200-meter dash, finishing the preliminary race in 26 seconds.
That time moves her into the No. 4 position on the Gothenburg all-time statistical list.
Tiani ran step-for-step with Lexington sprint stand-out Lindsie Woolley in the prelims but finished second in the finals to Woolley by four-tenths of a second.
The freshman has been battling an injury the last couple of weeks, her coach and dad said. That likely affected her conditioning, which may have been the difference in the race.
Senior Payton Prall earned a pair of medals, placing fourth in both the 400-meter dash and 800.
As the track and field season quickly winds to a close, the Swedes travel to the Southwest Conference meet at Minden on Saturday with only the Best of the Midwest and Cozad Invite remaining before the B-6 district.
Reeves expects an outstanding conference meet with plenty of stiff competition.
“We’ve seen all of the teams except Ainsworth,” the coach said. “I still believe Cozad will be the favorite for both the girls and the boys team titles.”
Much of the outcome, though, will depend on which team is healthy coming into the meet.
Several Swede competitors have nagging injuries that Reeves hopes will pass before the district meet.
“We’d sure like to be full-strength by then,” he said.
The SWC meet is scheduled to begin Saturday morning in Minden with field events at 11 a.m. Running events and finals will follow.
Gothenburg boys took last year’s team title while Cozad is the defending champ for the girls.