The North Platte High boys’ track team defended their home turf in a big way on Thursday by winning the Buffalo Bill Invitational.

The Bulldogs won among three other teams with 197 points. Hastings and Scottsbluff tied for second with 130, while Gering had 61.

Since it was the first time in three years that North Platte’s home meet was held, Bulldog coach Mike McGuire said he was glad his team got to show their stuff in front of their friends and family.

“Last year, we didn’t have anything and two years ago, it was rained out so it was nice to be out here at our home facility and it was good to see the guys compete in front of their home crowd,” he said.

North Platte won 11 events on the day. Kymani Sterling and Nic Davis each won two events. Sterling won the 200 and 400 meters at 22.32 and 52.55 seconds, respectively. The senior also helped the Bulldogs win the 4-x-100 and 4-x-400 relays.

The 4-x-100 of Jahmani Sterling, Vince Genatone, Tate Janas and Sterling came in at 43.22 seconds. The 4-x-400 of Joseph Vak, Genatone, Donte Koif and Sterling won at 3:34.33.

Genatone won the 100 meters at 10.87 seconds and he also finished second to Sterling in the 200.

Davis swept the throwing events. He won the shot put with a distance of 54’10 1/2″ and he took the discus at 156’11 1/2″.

Evan Caudy won the 1600 meters at 4:42.45. Jack Oettinger took the pole vault with a height of 13’0″.

The long jump and triple jump also went to the Bulldogs. Kolten Tilford won the long jump at 21’2″ and Ethan Mercer won the triple jump at 40’8 1/4″.

“It was just an overall solid team effort,” McGuire said.

Purdy breaks school triple jump record

The North Platte girls finished third at the Buffalo Bill with 109 points. Kearney won the meet with 181 and Scottsbluff was second with 129.

“We scored 109 points and I’ll have to look it up but it’s been a lot of years since we scored that many here, especially with Kearney and Scottsbluff,” NPHS coach Cory Dosland said. “They’re really good teams so that was great. We placed in just about every event.”

Carly Purdy won the triple jump with 36’6 1/2″. She broke Tenisha Matlock’s record from 2007 by four inches.

“Whenever you get a school record it’s a great day,” Dosland said.

Purdy was one of three winners on the day for the Lady Bulldogs. Kylee Tilford won the high jump at 5’1″ outlasting Sabrina Harsh of Scottsbluff with more makes at that height.

Peyton Neff also won the 200 meters at 28.04 seconds.

Top photo: The 2021 Buffalo Bill Invitational champion North Platte Bulldogs boys’ track and field team. (Photo by James Parrish)