Girls track team will be driven by experience
Returners have seen plenty of action at state track meet.
Gothenburg’s girls track team will be driven this season by senior experience and the entire team’s work ethic.With a good group of returners with multiple conference championships, excellent success at state meets and a positive attitude, head coach Steve Reeves said he’s excited about the nucleus of girls.
Tiani Reeves, a junior, finished runner-up in the long and triple jump and earned bronze in the 200 meters at the state meet last year.
As a junior a season ago, Emily Franzen earned an eighth-place finish at state in the discus.
The 1600 relay team which returns each leg—MaKaela Franzen, Regan Geiken, Aryn Meisinger and Reeves— earned bronze at the state meet.
“You’re only as good as the attitude of the kids and their work ethic,” Reeves said. “These girls compete hard and are willing to do extra events to get needed points.”
He also said he thinks good things will come out of the junior class but is uncertain this early about his younger girls.
“Notoriously, each year there are good freshman and our girls will need to step up,” he said.
Looking down the line of point distribution Reeves said the team will compete as a whole.
“Nothing gets a team going like the field events and historically you make your living in those,” he said. “
The Swedes will take that approach, gaining points in the field events, before adding to them in the track aspect.
In the Southwest Conference, Reeves said he thinks it will be a balanced conference with Cozad and Minden making noise while Ogallala has added to its team.
“We have to compete hard, have fun and we will see what happens. There are a lot of intangibles that can help or hurt you,” Reeves said. “Hopefully we can take some meets with some big hitters.”
The Gothenburg girls open the season Friday at University of Nebraska at Kearney Indoor Invite and travel to Sidney Saturday, March 29.
Members of the 2014 Gothenburg girls track team (*denotes returning letter winner) are:
SENIORS—Emily Franzen*, Regan Geiken*, Kyndal Holmes*, Shelby Mannel*, Aryn Meisinger*, Taylor Mroczek*.
JUNIORS—Bailey Aden*, Kayla Anderson, Jessica Boehle, Haley Cline*, Ashley Askew*, MaKaela Franzen*, McKinley Harm*, Amanda Kowalewski*, Tiani Reeves*, Faith Rickertsen.
SOPHOMORES—Sarah Brown, Blaire Gibbens, Madi Gilg, Jewel Gonzalez, Sydney Gruber*, Kendra Humphrey, Keely Lecher*, Jennifer Maline*, Destiny McVay*, Courtney Melvin, Mady Vogel, Kim Whiting*.
FRESHMEN—Emma Ackerman, Andie Geiken, Keisha Glendening, Deidra Goodall, Sarah Habe, Karleigh Kleinknecht, Kylie Koehler, Kassidy Kottwitz, Ali Magdaleno, Ana Meisinger, McKenna Peterson, Morgan Miller, Reva Royce, Jessie Rudolph, Jaci Teahon, Kasey Wellmann, Bryse Young, Kaelyn Young.