Friday, May 25, 2018
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Three seniors to represent Swede girls

McCOOK—-Weather conditions can wiggle into even the most focused minds of high school track and field athletes.

Heavy rain and lightning forced the B-6 district meet at McCook to be delayed on Thursday before officials decided to push it to Friday.

Even a day later, competitors faced a cold wind.

Swede coach Steve Reeves said the day of waiting was tough on his athletes but the delay was in the best interest of the kids.

“Weather can affect you if you let it,” he said. “It’s just one of those things we face every spring.”

Despite the conditions, Reeves was pleased with the way his Swede girls performed, especially the three seniors who will each make return trips to the state meet in Omaha this week.

“I really felt those senior girls performed well,” Reeves said of Abby Ambler, Joslyn Oliver and Ali Clark.

Ambler is a dual qualifier, making it to state in the long jump and the 300-meter hurdles.

She hit her personal best at 17 feet, 2 inches in the long jump on her first trip into the pit.

Reeves said he didn’t feel like anyone came close enough for her to make it necessary to even jump in the finals.

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