Girls finish one point from top spot at SWC
Hahn paces boys with top five finish
The Gothenburg girls cross country team found out the importance of one place improvement among the top four runners at the Southwest Conference meet Thursday at Cozad.
The girls team finished one point behind overall champion Cozad with 27 point after five runners medaled.
Gothenburg had five girls recognized as all conference performers while Collin Hahn finished fifth and was also named all conference.
Sydney Gruber led the Swedes with a time of 22:08 which was good enough for sixth place but Gothenburg’s Jaci Teahon, Amanda Kowalewski, Destiny McVay and Keely Lecher all finished in the top 15.
Head coach Steve Reeves was happy with how the girls ran and finished.
“They competed the entire race and I’m pleased with their efforts as a team,” Reeves said.
On the boys side, Hahn had a goal in mind and reached it completing the course in 17:31.
He led the Swedes to a fifth place finish overall.
Reeves said he beat some good runners to earn his place by running well the entire race.
Eleven teams will be competing for the top three spots to qualify for state at West Winds Golf Course on Thursday in Ogallala.
Runners can also advance to state by completing the race in the top 15 spots.
“The girls will have to beat some pretty good teams,” Reeves said. “Our district is loaded with teams from the east.”
The boys will also have tough team competition, Reeves said, with quality teams.
GIRLS TEAM SCORING
1. Cozad 26, 2. Gothenburg 27, 3. Ogallala 57, 4. Ainsworth 64, 5. Broken Bow 64.
SWEDE VARSITY GIRLS
6. Sydney Gruber 22:08
7. Jaci Teahon 22:13
9. Amanda Kowalewski 22:25
11. Destiny McVay 22:40
15. Keely Lecher 22:59
Andie Geiken 23:40
Abbie Mazour 24:39
Betsy Potter 25:24
Holly Hudson 30:12
BOYS TEAM SCORING
1. Cozad 25, 2. Ainsworth 30, 3. Minden 56, 4. Ogallala 56, 5. Gothenburg 89, 6. Broken Bow 91.
SWEDE VARSITY BOYS
5. Collin Hahn 17:31
Seth Eggleston 19:36
Bryan Martinez 19:38
Mathiel Martinez 20:35
Joshua Elliott 20:36
Bryce Kowalewski 20:40
Jacob Franzen 21:19
Sam LaFuze 22:49
Tate Bartlett 23:35