Evan Caudy won the Kearney Invitational on Friday to help the North Platte High boys’ cross country team to a second place finish.

Caudy completed his run at Meadowlark Golf Course in 15 minutes and 49.03 seconds. He edged Juan Garcia, who led Grand Island to the team title, by one second.

Evan Caudy led the boys with an impressive time of 15:49, which is currently the fastest 5K run by any Nebraska runner this season,” NPHS coach Jake Hasenauer said. “It was fun watching Evan race. Him and Juan Garcia of Grand Island battled from start to finish. It was exciting to watch two of the best runners in the state go head to head.”

Jonah San Miguel was the next Bulldog runner to cross the finish line. The senior got sixth, coming in at just a shade over 17 minutes.

The other four Bulldog runners finished in the top 20. Rian Teets was 12th and Quade Lowe was 16th. Aaron Franz and Tom Moss finished back-to-back at 19th and 20th, respectively.

“The boys ran tough in a very loaded field,” Hasenauer said. “Placing second as a group to Grand Island was a very good day. Grand Island and (third place finisher) Lexington both finished as top 5 teams in the state last year, so competing with both of them was great. Our top 6 boys all finished in the top 20 and ran our fastest team average in years. The boys have good team chemistry and a great blend of experience and youth.”

Blaesi, Lady Bulldogs second

The North Platte girls also came away with second place finishing behind the host team, Kearney.

The Lady Bulldogs were led by Zarah Blaesi, who finished second at 19:43.03. She finished just under a minute behind first place Hannah Godwin of Kearney.

Nelia Rivas followed at 20:49.92 to get ninth place to lead the rest of the Bulldogs. Evelyn Blaesi was 12th and Lexi Hoatson was 18th. Baylee Evarts and Jenessa Arnold got 22nd and 23rd, while Marissa Holm was 26th.

“The girls surprised a lot of people by finishing runner-up behind state-ranked Kearney,” Hasenauer said. “The girls have gained a lot of confidence the past couple weeks. They have pushed each other hard in practice and have worked very hard in meets.”