Evan Caudy won the district cross country championship for North Platte High on Thursday.
The junior, Caudy, won the A-3 meet at Pioneers Park in Lincoln with a time of 16:18.07. He beat Daniel Romary of Lincoln Northeast by 10 seconds.
Caudy’s win helped the Bulldog boys qualify for the state meet with a third place finish. Fremont won the district championship and Lincoln East was the runner-up.
Jonah San Miguel was the second NPHS runner to cross the finish line and he came in 12th. Rian Teets wasn’t far behind, finishing in 15th place.
Aaron Franz was 22nd, followed by Tom Moss and Quade Lowe, who finished consecutively at 24th and 25th, respectively.
Benjamin Steele was the last Bulldog runner to finish and he got 29th.
The North Platte girls also qualified for state with a third place finish in the A-4 district meet, which was also held at Pioneers Park. They finished behind Lincoln East and Omaha Marian.
The Lady Bulldogs were led by Zarah Blaesi’s fourth place finish. The sophomore’s time was 19:56.21. Stella Miner of Omaha Marian won the district championship at 18:29.37.
Nelia Rivas came in at 17th. Then Evelyn Blaesi and Lexi Hoatson finished back-to-back at 22nd and 23rd. Baylee Evarts was 26th, Jenessa Arnold was 28th and Marissa Holm was 31st.
“We always talk about how we are one big team both girls and guys,” North Platte coach Jake Hasenauer said. “This makes us unique and strong. We run as a team and finish as a family. Although we have had many teams qualify over the years, this is the first time since 1984 that both teams qualified on the same year. These kids have shown a lot of grit and toughness throughout the year and I’m very happy they have both earned the trip to compete at the state, they’ve earned it.”
The state meet will be on Oct. 23 in Kearney.