Boys win the battle as SWC runners-up
Going into the Southwest Conference boys track meet Saturday at Cozad it was almost a foregone conclusion that the Haymakers would dominate the action.
While that script played out as written with Cozad piling up 195 points, the real drama would be the hunt for second place among three teams. Gothenburg took that honor with 84 points, finishing ahead of Ogallala with 80 and Ainsworth with 79.
“We knew that everybody was going to be chasing Cozad,” Swede coach Steve Reeves said. “They’ve got a pretty good stable of athletes right now. Being realistic our main goal was to try to get runner-up and we were able to do that.
“It was a good showing for our boys. I thought they competed throughout the meet.”
The coaches preach the importance of competing hard for any medal.
“Every third, fourth, fifth and sixth we can get really adds up,” Reeves said.
Tanner Borchardt captured gold medals in both weight events. He won the shot with a toss of 54-6 and the discus with a throw of 160-1.
“That’s the second time he’s gotten over 160 and didn’t have a lot of wind help,” the coach said. “He competed well there.”
Dawson Graham, a freshman, went 20-6 in the long jump to take first place.
Blake Ristine won a pair of silver medals, taking second in the 110-meter high hurdles (:15.29) and pole vault (13-7). Teammate Skyler Kottwitz matched the height but place third.
Collin Hahn was runner-up in the 3200-meter run with a clocking of 10:27.94. The Swede freshman added a third place finish in the 1600.
Seth Eggleston’s 5-10 high jump was good enough for second in that event.
The Swedes will compete in the Cozad Invitational Friday. The boys pole vault starts at 3:30 with other field events beginning at 4 p.m. and running events at 4:30.