Lex, Swedes Efforts Among Elite At Dutch Zorn Invite

Completing the ‘Double Dutch’ was a tough task that the trio of Tiani Reeves, Blake Ristine and Tanner Borchardt, all of Gothenburg completed in winning a pair of gold medals at the Dutch Zorn Track and Field Invitational held in the Swede City on Thursday.

Junior standout Tiani Reeves was a mere 0.25 inches away from a triple crown but was forced to settled as a double gold medalist in the long jump and the 200-meter dash. Reeves extended past 18’11.5” to win the long jump and broke the tape in 25.55 seconds in the 200-meter dash. Reeves was the silver medalist in the triple jump with a top effort of 38’2.25”.

Gothenburg’s Blake Ristine did a superb job of winning a pair of gold medals in a matter of minutes. In his time to shine, Ristine won the 110-meter high hurdles in fine fashion with a time of 15.68 seconds. Soon thereafter, Blake went vertical in clearing 14’1” to win the pole vault.

Ruling the ring, Tanner Borchardt scored a pair of gold medals for the Swedes. Borchardt won the shotput with a top effort of 55’6” and he spun the platter past 148’7” mark to be crowned the champ in the discus.

Powered by great depth and a sprinkle of gold medalist, the Minutemaids finished as the runner-up in the team race with 82 points, to champion Sidney’s effort of 84 points. On the flip side, the Lexington boys were second overall with 94 points to the Red Raiders 96 points. Gothenburg was fourth in both the girls and boys team races.

Lexington’s Aly Leger showcased great endurance in the sprinting events with a pair of accolades won. Aly was fourth overall in the 200-meter dash. Leger was ‘en fuego’ in winning the 400-meter dash by stopping the clock in 1:02, just in front of Lady Swedes Andie Geiken (1:03.3) and Regan Geiken (1:03.5) in second and third overall.

Lexington’s Odaliz Santoyo was golden with her strategy in the 1600-meter run that finished with a furious kick that resulted in breaking the tape in 5:34.

Lexington got their day started off right with a gold medal winning effort in the 3200-meter relay. The Maids exchanges resulted in a clocking of 10:19.

Senior Lady Swede Aryn Meisinger posted a season best effort of 9’6” to finish with the bronze medal in the pole vault.

Scoring valuable points in the ring, Emily Franzen was the runner-up in the shotput with a top throw of 38’8.5” and the bronze medalist in the discus, spinning the disc past 107’6”.

Against a loaded field of competitors, the Gothenburg and Lexington boys fared quite well.

Continuing his stellar season in the jumps, Minuteman Isaac Zitterkopf was the high jump champion by clearing 6’4”. In the triple jump, Zitterkopf kept the hot hand to extend past the 40’3.25” mark to finish as the silver medalist.

Gothenburg freshman Dawson Graham had a fabulous freshman effort in defending his home pit with a top jump of 19’7.75” to finish second overall in the long jump.

Senior Skyler Kottwitz scored valuable points for the Swedes by extending over 13’6” to finish second overall in the pole vault.

In the meets longest individual event of the day, Gothenburg’s Collin Hahn along with the Minutemen duo of John Mark Shields and Alam Alvarez were up to the challenge. Crossing the finish line with flying colors in, second, third and fourth place were the trio.   

Dutch Zorn Invitational
Girls Results
Sidney 84; Lexington 82; Ogallala 79; Gothenburg 75; Holdrege 71; McCook 69; Kearney Catholic 55; Kearney 12.

Boys Results
Sidney 96; Lexington 94; Ogallala 79; Gothenburg 76; Holdrege 73; McCook 69; Kearney Catholic 59; Kearney 12.



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