The North Platte St. Pat’s girls’ cross country team won the South Platte Valley Association meet Wednesday in Grant.
The Lady Irish were one of only three teams to have enough runners to score. Chase County was second and Bridgeport was third.
St. Pat’s had the top two finishers in Kate Stienike and Genna Blakely. Stienike won first place with a time of 19:53.82 and Blakely came in nearly a minute later at 20:52.38.
Hayley Miles also finished fifth and that helped the Irish hold off Chase County, who also had three top 10 finishes, for the conference crown.
Varsha Huebner led Hershey with an 11th place finish and Aspen Lenz led Sutherland at 15th.
Hershey wins boys title
With five runners finishing in the top 13, Hershey claimed the boys’ SPVA title.
Logan O’Malley of St. Pat’s got first place at 17:46.73 to help the Irish get second.
Behind him in second place was Hershey’s leader, Matt Bruns, at 17:59.19.
In fourth place was Dax Connick of St. Pat’s. But Hershey’s depth won out. Blake Bruns and Gabe Becher finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
The Panthers were also aided by Reace Anderson and Aidan George, who finished 12th and 13th, respectively.
Behind O’Malley and Connick, Andrew Brosius finished 10th for St. Pat’s.
Jade Paxton finished seventh to lead Sutherland in their fifth place finish.
Next, the three Lincoln County SPVA schools — Hershey, St. Pat’s and Sutherland, will compete at districts on Oct. 17 at Bridgeport.