Next stop for girls: State track meet
The Gothenburg track team qualified five girls in seven events for the state track meet which gets underway Friday morning at Omaha Burke High School.
The Swedes finished just out of second place in the District B-6 meet Friday at Ogallala. McCook won the team crown with 125 points while Scottsbluff was second with 89. Gothenburg scored 85 points for third place.“It was a typical district meet with outstanding competition,” Swede coach Steve Reeves said.
Gothenburg athletes provided some of that outstanding competition.
Junior Tiani Reeves qualified for state in three individual events. She tied her own school record with a win in the 200. She swept the gold medals in both the long jump and triple jump.
Gothenburg’s 1600 relay led the pack with a time of 4:04.4. The foursome of Andie Geiken, Regan Geiken, Aryn Meisinger and Reeves have been improving the time in recent meets.
The relay is kind of the race at the end of the day that everybody is excited about, and we competed very well there, the coach said.
“That time puts us No. 3 all time (in Gothenburg) and we’re getting closer to the top,” he said. “That was good to see.”
Meisinger, who was tied for No. 3 on the Swede all-time chart, now has it by herself after clearing 10-1 for second place in the pole vault.
“She’s setting in pretty good shape going into state at the height to come back with a medal,” Steve Reeves said.
Andie Geiken, a freshman, ran to a third place finish in the 400 with a time of 1:02.47 to qualify for state. Her sister Regan, a two-time state qualifier in the event, made it three in a row as a senior when she was named an additional qualifier after time comparisons with other districts.
Blaire Gibbens, a sophomore, will compete in the high jump at state after finishing third with a best jump of 4-10.
“We knew she had the opportunity to qualify and she went out and did that, which was good,” Reeves said.
Coming close but not earning a state ticket were seniors Taylor Mroczek in the 100-meter hurdles and Emily Franzen in the shot as both placed fourth.