Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Swede boys don’t take final invite lightly

COZAD—Sometimes when the last track invite of the year rolls around just a few days before the district meet, participants simply want to get it over with.

That wasn’t the case at all with the Swede boys.

“It’s kind of indicative of this group,” said longtime coach Steve Reeves. “Throughout the year, the kids have competed hard and this meet was no different.”

There were no team scores kept at the Cozad Invite on Friday and with the B-6 district meet at Gothenburg this week, some competitors could have taken it easy.

Gothenburg’s boys didn’t.

“They haven’t taken anything lightly all year,” Reeves said.

The Swedes competed against a paired-down slate of Southwest Conference schools including Broken Bow, Cozad, Minden and Ogallala.

Six different Swede boys earned gold medals and several others continued to improve their performances.

Alec Foster and Preston Franzen won the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdle races, respectively, while Aaron Collins was first in the triple jump, Blake Ristine won the pole vault, Tanner Borchardt captured the shot and Dillon Gartner was first in the discus.

“They’re all still working toward personal best performances every meet,” Reeves said. “We like to see that.”

All that’s left for the Gothenburg boys is the B-6 district meet at home on Thursday.

“Being at home adds a little more incentive, I think,” Reeves said, “but it’s not like the kids don’t get excited for the district meet no matter where we go.”

Competition begins at 11:30 a.m. Thursday with the boys pole vault. Boys long jump and discus start at noon with triple jump, high jump and shot to start at approximately 2 p.m.

Running events are scheduled at 1 p.m. with finals around 4 p.m.

For Class B, the first three places in each individual running event qualify for the state meet in Omaha next week, along with the six next fastest non-qualifying times from across all Class B districts regardless of place.

In the field events, the first three places and anyone achieving the automatic qualifying standard will compete at Omaha.

State qualifying relays are the first- and second-place finishers with the next four fastest times of non-qualifiers.

The state meet begins May 18 at Omaha Burke Stadium.

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