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Girls use Cozad meet as primer for district

COZAD—The Cozad Invite is often a time for participating teams to scale back, ease up on runners and fine tune for the district meet.

Gothenburg’s girls didn’t compete in a full slate of four events each on Friday but they also didn’t ease up on their competitive spirit.

“These kids have competed hard all year and this meet was no different,” said coach Steve Reeves.

Four Swede girls earned five first-place finishes, including two by freshman MaKaela Franzen.

Franzen won both the 100-meter hurdle race and the 300 hurdle race, clocking an all-time Top 10 time of 49.37 seconds in the longer race.

“MaKaela is really getting the hang of the 300 hurdles,” Reeves said. “If she gets just a little more aggressive in the race, she’ll drop her time even more.”

Franzen did not move from her previous spot at No. 9 on the all-time list but she did improve her time by two-tenths of a second.

Tiani Reeves also improved her Top 10 time in the 400-meter dash.

It was only the second time the freshman had run the open 400 race this season .

“She ran the first three-quarters of it very good,” the coach said. “She hasn’t run that race much this year and I think that showed.”

Tiani remains at No. 9 on the all-time list.

Others to earn first-place finishes include Erica Houchin in the pole vault and Kersten Nelson in the shot.

No team scores were kept among the five schools participating.

Now the Swedes turn their attention to the B-6 district hosted by Gothenburg on Thursday.

Reeves said across the board, the slate of opponents is extremely competitive.

“You’ve got McCook and Gering and Scottsbluff and Alliance,” he said. “They all have good kids. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

The district meet begins with boys pole vault at 11:30 a.m. followed by the girls with girls high jump, shot and long jump starting at noon.

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