With experience comes confidence, and that is exactly how the Swedes are taking on the 2021 track season, this past weekend competing at the Broken Bow Invitational on April 9.

The Swede girls came home with a second-place team finish while the boys team ended the day seventh.

The athleticism of th e Swedes is something that they are taking advantage of, posting improved times and marks each meet.

“I think as the season progresses and the girls are getting more experience with their events, I think you will continue to see improved marks and times,” co-head coach Bryson Mahlberg said.

“Our boys’ team is continuing to improve every week. We have such a young squad that you will continue to see them improve as the season moves forward.”

Mahlberg said that there were a number of personal bests posted in Broken Bow and he expects that trend to continue as they get closer to the district meet in May.

“Our goal is to have our teams competing at their highest level towards the end of the season when conference and districts roll around,” he said.

This week, the Swedes host the Zorn Invitational at Gothenburg High School and while the weather does not look promising, Mahlberg said the Swedes will be ready to compete.

“Our kids have shown they are able to compete in all types of weather conditions, so if the weather is not ideal that will be nothing new for them,” he said. “We are hoping for a good weather day that allows our athletes to compete to the best of our ability at a very competitive home meet.”

The Dutch Zorn Invitational track meet begins at 1:30 p.m. on April 15 with running events beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Gothenburg High School.

Those choosing to attend the event are required to wear a mask while on the premises at GHS.

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