Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Girls at peak form at Best in Midwest

When athletes try to compare themselves to the best, it’s nice to come out on top.

Members of the Gothenburg girls track team did just that May 6 in the Best in the Midwest track meet at Sutherland.

Swedes placed first in four events and took the silver in another event.

“We made some gains in some events and had some good things happen,” Gothenburg coach Steve Reeves said.

Most notable was a school record effort by Tiani Reeves in the long jump. All she needed was one attempt to go 19-1 and eclipse her own record by just over two inches. That jump placed her second in the state all-class as of May 7, according to performances ranked by the Omaha World-Herald.

The Swede 1600 relay foursome jumped to No. 3 on the all-time chart with a time of 4:05.4. Contributing to the fast time were Andie Geiken, Regan Geiken, Aryn Meisinger and Reeves.

“We had to have some people shave some time off,” Steve Reeves said. “We had three :62 legs and Tiani ran a :57.5. That was good to see.”

The 4:05.4 ranks fifth in the state all-class and just behind Class B leader Wahoo’s 4:05.1.

“Chase County challenged us all four legs,” Reeves said. “That kind of helped our cause.”

Freshman Andie Geiken bettered her personal record by a second and a half while winning the 400 with a time of 1:01.6.

“She really ran a solid race,” Reeves said. “That’s something that’s going to bode well for her in the future.”

Tiani Reeves won the gold medal in the 200 with a time of 25.3 seconds.

Meisinger matched the winner’s top pole vault of 9-6 but had more misses and had to settle for second place.

Gothenburg’s 400 relay posted its best time of the year at 52.4 seconds while placing third. Members of the foursome were Regan Geiken, Madi Gilg, Taylor Mroczek and Haley Cline.

Gilg garnered a third place medal in the 100-meter dash as did Emily Franzen in the shot.