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Among the state’s best

Swede boys finish fifth in Class B.

OMAHA—With such intense competition at the Nebraska state track and field meet in Omaha, it’s quite an accomplishment for any athlete to earn a medal.

Swede senior Tannor Mroczek now has 11 state medals in his collection, three of which came on Saturday during his fourth trip to Burke Stadium.

“Tannor is just a work horse,” said Gothenburg coach Steve Reeves. “I knew he would rise to the occasion. He had that look in his eyes and he had done all the things necessary to be prepared.”

Mroczek finished his high school career with silver medals in both the 100- and 200-meter dash races and a bronze in the 4x100 relay.

“It was by far the best meet he has ever had at state,” Reeves said. “He was aggressive the whole time.”

Mroczek recorded the fastest preliminary time in Class B in the 100 at 10.984 seconds.

He finished second in the finals more than a tenth of a second better at 10.856 seconds.

In the 200, Mroczek clocked 22.285 seconds to finish second as well.

“The only regret I have for Tannor is that he didn’t get the gold,” Reeves said. “He was just so close.”

Mroczek also anchored the 4x100 relay team that finished third in 43.821 seconds.

“And they did it coming out of lane one,” Reeves said. “Coach (Tim) Peterson worked with them on the tight curves. They did a great job.”

Other runners on the relay were Logan Sheets, Cody Ostergard and Tanner Schwanz.

“I knew inside as a coach that we would finish in the top three,” Reeves said. “The type of head-to-head competition we saw all season really helped us out.”

Gothenburg’s other relay at state—the 4x800 made up of Luke Rehmert, Brett Dockweiler, Cody Ostergard and Bryce Eggleston—earned a fourth-place medal with a time of 8:10.476.

That time moves the relay into No. 5 on the Swede all-time chart.

“We were 13th or 14th going in and ended up fourth,” Reeves said. “I knew we would do well and the kids proved it.”

Schwanz was a team scoring contributor as well in the pole vault.

He matched his career personal best by clearing 14-0 to finish sixth.

The other two Swedes to compete individually didn’t earn medals in one of the top eight places but Dockweiler, a junior, and sophomore Dillon Gartner gained valuable experience.

Dockweiler competed in both the 3200- and 1600-meter distance races while Gartner participated in both throwing events.

“Being there, knowing what it’s like and what it takes to place is a big bonus for next year,” Reeves said.

The Swedes finished fifth as a team with 29 points.

“The boys had a tremendous state meet,” Reeves said. “We took eight boys and seven of them came home with medals, some of them multiple.”

The fifth-place finish as a team is the highest the Swedes have finished since 2003 when Gothenburg’s boys won the Class B state title.

“If you’d have told me at the beginning of the year that we’d be fifth at state I would have probably thought you were crazy,” Reeves said. “But the kids worked hard and kept an even keel throughout the year and it paid off.”

Boys Town won the team championship with 65.5 points followed by Aurora in the runner-up spot with 46 points and McCook third earning 41 points.

“We certainly had a big hammer in Tannor,” Reeves said. “You don’t replace a kid like that. We’ll just have to reload.”

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