North Platte High senior Evan Caudy won the district championship on Thursday.
Caudy completed the course at Pioneers Park in Lincoln at 15:49.09 to win the A-4 district title. He finished nine seconds ahead of runner-up Daniel Romary of Lincoln Northeast.
Caudy’s victory helped the North Platte boys finish third and quaify for the state meet. Omaha Creighton Prep won the district championship and Lincoln North Star was second.
North Platte had one other medalist in Rian Teets, who was 13th. Quade Lowe was 20th. Gabe Jenny and Aiden Hawks were 25th and 27th, respectively. The last two runners, Rayce Moerke and Ainsley Schroder, finished consecutively with Moerke winning out between the two in 35th place.
“The boys have continued to get better each week and they were ready to go to battle today,” NPHS coach Jake Hasenauer said. “On paper, we were not seeded in the top three, but we knew we had a chance if we all worked together. The boys battled amazing and finished third as a team and qualified for state for the third year in a row. This team has come so far this year. They have had some tough times along the way, but they showed grit and determination today and knocked off some big schools to earn a trip to state next week.”
The North Platte girls finished second in the A-2 meet, which was also at Pioneers Park. Lincoln East, with six of their runners finishing in the top 10, was first.
The Lady Bulldogs were led by Zarah Blaesi and Marissa Holm. Blaesi got second at 19:32.92 and Holm was right behind her at 19:35.37. East’s Mia Murray was first with 19:13.27.
Evelyn Blaesi was 11th, followed by Jada Hothan in 16th. Lexi Hoatson and Jenessa Arnold finished back-to-back. Hoatson was 30th and Arnold was 31st. Nelia Rivas was 40th.
“The girls competed at a high level and finished district runner-up,” Hasenauer said. “They were tough and battled for each other today. This is a tough course against some very good teams and they showed that they are a good teaml, as well. I was proud of the girls, they have come so far over the last couple years. They get along well, work hard and it was fun to see there hard work pay off.”
Next, the North Platte boys and girls will compete at the state meet in Kearney on Oct. 22.
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