Marissa Holm won first place as she helped the North Platte High girls’ cross country team win the Kearney Invitational on Friday.

Holm won the meet with a time of 18:54.45. She beat Kennedy Bartee of Lincoln High by 20 seconds.

Zarah Blaesi was the next North Platte runner to finish and she got sixth at 20:14.09.

Haylie Hoatson and Jada Hothan finished back-to-back at 15th and 16th, respectively. Theran Nitsch wasn’t far behind in 20th, giving the Lady Bulldogs five finishers in the top 20 in the winning effort.

Finishing behind NPHS was Grand Island in second and Kearney in third.


The North Platte boys finished in third place. Lexington won the meet and Grand Island was second.

The Bulldogs were led by the trio of Rian Teets, Quade Lowe and Aidan Hawks. Teets was fifth at 16:57.32. Lowe and Hawks were right behind. Lowe was sixth at 17:02.39 and Hawks was seventh at 17:06.07.

Luke Tegtmeier and Gabe Jenny finished 16th and 18th, respectively. Oban Sandoval was 23rd.

Oscar Aguado of Lexington won the meet at 16:22.07.

“There was a lot of great schools there and both teams competed well,” NPHS coach Jake Hasenauer said. “The girls brought home the championship and the boys finished third.  Both teams battled well and had great weather for racing.”

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