Led by first place finisher Evan Caudy, the North Platte High boys’ cross country team won the Cozad Invitational on Saturday.
Caudy won the meet, completing the course in 17 minutes and 14.1 seconds. The second place finisher, Jonathan Lopez of Hastings, was 20 seconds behind Caudy.
The Bulldogs had two top 10 finishers. Freshman Rian Teets was ninth.
The other four NPHS runners finished in the top 20. Tom Moss was 12th and Jonah San Miguel was 14th. Then Quade Lowe and Aaron Franz finished back-to-back at 16th and 17th, respectively.
“The boys competed hard from top to bottom,” North Platte coach Jake Hasenauer said. “They were hungry to compete and they gave everything they had for their team.”
Behind the Bulldogs was Kearney in second place, followed by Hastings. North Platte St. Pat’s was ninth and Maxwell was last in 13th.
St. Pats was led by Jarrett Miles and Dax Connick, who finished 31st and 32nd, respectively.
Maxwell was led by Klayton Pagel at 60th.
Lady Bulldogs take home championship
The North Platte girls also came away with first place.
They were led by Zarah Blaesi, who finished at 20:16.83, to finish in fourth place.
Hannah Godwin of Kearney got first place at 19:21.01.
All four scoring runners for the Lady Bulldogs finished in the top 20. Nelia Rivas was the second North Platte runner to cross the finish line and she came in at 12th. Juniors Lexi Hoatson and Evelyn Blaesi finished 16th and 18th, respectively.
Jenessa Arnold and Baylee Evarts rounded out the day for NPHS, getting 25th and 30th, respectively.
North Platte was followed by McCook and Ogallala in the team standings.
“It was great to see some big schools like Kearney, Grand Island Northwest and Hastings that we hadn’t seen yet this year,” Hasenauer said. “We had talked earlier in the week that it had been over a decade since either North Platte team had won the Cozad Invitational. Both teams were hungry and ready to give it their best shot.”
St. Pat’s finished sixth. They were led by Kate Stienike, who was 15th. Genna Blakely was 20th and Hayley Miles was 28th.