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SWC champs again

Gothenburg boys earn fifth straight conference title

MINDEN—Team success in high school track and field is built from individual accomplishments.

The Gothenburg boys achieved personal best performances in several field and running events to combine for a fifth consecutive Southwest Conference title.

“Over all the years I’ve been coaching, this particular conference championship is as special as any,” said coach Steve Reeves. “Everybody stepped up and did what they could to help us win.”

The Swedes started strong in the field events to give the team a boost before ever hitting the track.

Reeves said roughly one-third of the possible team points are available in field events.

Gothenburg collected 80 points in the field events including a pair of gold medals in the throws from Dillon Gartner and a win by Aaron Collins in the triple jump.

Gartner received the Mark Russell award presented by the conference honoring him as the top athlete of the day.

The Swedes placed multiple competitors in five of the six field events.

“Our philosophy is to earn as many points in the field events as we can with as many kids as we can,” Reeves said. “For kids who are willing to work at it, there’s a field event for everyone.”

But the success didn’t stop when the Swedes hit the track.

Alec Foster hurdled his way to a pair of wins while middle distance runner Bryce Eggleston placed in the 400- and 800-meter races and Brett Dockweiler placed in the distance races.

“The kids really competed hard,” Reeves said. “We saw some good things happen in every area and it was a total team effort. Five years in a row for the conference title is good for morale, good for keeping the program strong.”

The Swedes will compete at the Cozad Invite on Friday with a different focus.

Reeves said with the B-6 district meet next week, the Swedes want to fine tune but will avoid over-working or risking any injuries.

“We’ll use it as a primer for the district meet,” he said.

The Cozad Invite is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Friday.

Gothenburg hosts the B-6 district meet beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 10.

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