Boys shot record falls
Gothenburg qualifies four for state in five events.
Tanner Borchardt smashed his own record in the shot to win the event and lead the Gothenburg boys at the District B-6 track meet Thursday at Ogallala.
Borchardt’s winning throw of 58-1 broke his old record set early this year by 15 inches.
As a team, the Swedes placed fourth in the meet with 54 points. Sidney took the team title with 112. Scottsbluff was the runner-up with 86.
“Tanner got it started off with his outstanding shot put,” Swede coach Steve Reeves said. “It was a great throw and he was pretty consistent with his throws.”
Borchardt, a junior, qualified for state in both weight events. He placed second in the discus a throw of 155-8.
Blake Ristine, a senior, returns to the state meet in the 110-meter high hurdles. He earned second place covering the race in 14.96 seconds, which moves him to No. 7 on the Swede all-time chart.
“Blake came back and ran a nice flight of highs and is setting in good position there for competing for a medal at state,” Reeves said.
“With any districts, you have some surprises and a couple of disappointments,” the coach said.
One of the surprises may have come from Seth Eggleston in the high jump. He placed third with a 6-0 jump that took third place and earns a trip to state.
Collin Hahn will compete at state in the 1600 after placing third with a time of 4:38.95.
“Collin, for a freshman, handled the mile very well and earned a spot there,” Reeves said. “We’re hoping he can shave a couple of seconds off down at state.”
The disappointments included vaulters Skyler Kottwitz and Ristine, who both have been clearing 14-0 recently. They couldn’t match that height at Ogallala and failed to qualify for state.