Getting the outdoor track and field season started off on the right foot, the Gothenburg Lady Swedes were fourth overall in the team race at the Sidney Red Raider Invitational on Saturday.
The Lady Swedes had two individual gold medal champions along with showcasing their depth to win the 1600 and 3200 meter relay events.
Senior Gracie Stienike was the class of the field in the shotput with a top effort of 36’6” to win the gold medal. Fellow Lady Swede thrower Arleigh Costello was the bronze medalist with a top throw of 35’0”.
Hannah Anderson blitzed the field of quarter milers to win the 400 meter dash by stopping the watch in 1:02.8 to win the gold medal.
The Lady Swedes 1600 meter relay completed their exchanges in 4:22 to win gold and the Gothenburg 3200 meter relay finished the eight lap affair in 10:27.
The 1-2 punch of Kayla Weyers and Jaiden Davis scored big points for the Lady Swedes in the 800 meter run. Weyers was the silver medalist (2:35) with Davis close behind in stopping the clock at 2:39, good enough for fourth overall.
In another of the grueling events similar to the 800 meter run, Kaitlyn Kleinknecht of Gothenburg chopped the timber to the tune of 52.06 seconds to finish fourth in the 300 meter hurdles.
Bella Rickertsen and Amaya Ackerman earned bronze medals in their specialty events, the 100 meter dash and the long jump, respectively.