The North Platte Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs hosted the Buffalo Bill Invitational on Thursday under sunny skies and moderate temperatures to the delight of teams from 10 different communities. The Millard West Lady Wildcats had a dominating performance on the girl’s side outdistancing Kearney 121 to 95, while North Platte ended in a seventh-place finish with 22.33 points.
Scottsbluff won the boys competition outdistancing Grand Island 113 to 82. North Platte finished third with 76 points with Alliance fourth at 74 and Hastings fifth with 72 points.
“We felt if everything broke perfectly we could compete for the title,” said North Platte boys coach Mike McGuire. “But we also knew if we struggled we could be fifth. We’re satisfied but not happy.
“Scottsbluff brought their A-game. They had a lights-out day.”
Scottsbluff won five events on their way to the championship. Matthew Klein was a double winner taking the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.16 and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 41.30. Luke Worden won the 100-meter dash in 10.90 seconds while Ben Willis-Teff captured the 800 in 2:00.35. The Bearcats final title came in the shot put as Jon Maag won with a toss of 50-05.
Wyatt McGuire and Ace Haws led the North Platte distance crew while scoring 30 of the Bulldogs team points.
McGuire won the 3200-meter run in a time of 10:03.6 and was second to Hastings’ Trevor Rosno in the 1600-meter run. Rosno’s winning time was 4:40.15 while McGuire broke the tape in 4:41.96. Haws was third in both distance events with times of 4:46.60 in the 1600 and 10:16.10 in the 3200.
“I’m happy with both their performances,” coach McGuire said of Wyatt and Haws. “Ace had two PRs [personal records]. His work ethic is showing in his results.
“Wyatt’s tendonitis in his knee has kept him from working out everyday, so we have to be happy with his times.”
Caleb Dodge continued his improvement with his four-event performances, winning the triple jump in a personal record of 43-05. Dodge was third in the high hurdles with another personal record of 15.21 and took home a fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (42.30). Dodge also jumped 20-08.75 in the long jump for sixth place.
“Caleb competed extremely well,” said coach McGuire. “He showed a lot of grit today.”
North Platte had three different events where they had two top-six placements. Drew Callaghan continued his consistency in the high jump, finishing third with a leap of 6-0. Shane Mauch finished sixth at 5-6.
Evan Lamphear was North Platte’s second medal winner in the long jump taking third with a jump of 20-11. Lamphear was also third in the pole vault with a 13-09 performance. Marcos Avalos was sixth in the pole vault at 12-03.
“Evan took two thirds in what were two loaded fields,” said coach McGuire.
Chase Hohnholt was North Platte’s lone weight event winner in the discus throw, finishing fourth with a toss of 137-06.
“Chase is starting to show some consistency,” coach McGuire said. “It shows the big one will be there.”
North Platte ended the day with 15 team PRs, of which coach McGuire said was a boatload for a varsity meet.
On the girl’s side, Millard West took home five first-place finishes led by distance runner Sidney Hirsch. Hirsch won both the 1600 and 3200-meter runs in times of 5:20.71 and 11:18.25 respectively.
Hannah Fowler won the 200-meter dash in a time of 26.30 and Shae Spady the 800-meter run in 2:25.73. West also won the 4X100 relay in a time of 50.91.
Scottsbluff’s Chesney Walker was a double winner in the hurdle events. Walker zipped through the 100-meter hurdles in 15.74 and outdistanced teammate Kyra Willats in the 300-meter hurdles. Walker’s winning time was 47.60 and Willats finished in 50.00.
York was a double winner in the relay events taking the 4X400 relay in 4:09.93 and the 4X800 in 9:52.30.
Allexis Menghini once again led the Lady Bulldogs by winning her pet event the pole vault and finishing third in the long jump. Menghini got back on form in the pole vault on Thursday by winning with a height of 11-03. Her distance in the long jump was 16-03.75.
“Allexis looked good today coming back this week,” North Platte coach Dennis Fornander said. “She was going after the meet record and just fell short. You have to be happy with her performance.”
The pole vault was the strength of the North Platte day as junior Tori Kurth finished fifth at 8-09 and sophomore Rachel Kosmacek vaulted 8-03 for sixth.
“That was a PR for Tori,” Fornander said. “And Rachel has had to relearn how she vaults after the rules change this year about how deep you can set the crossbar into the pit. It looks like she is getting that done.”
Freshman Madison Raska continues to help the Lady Bulldogs as she finished fourth in the 100-meter dash.
“She’s not 100 percent yet,” Fornander said of Raska. “But she competed well.”
Fornander was also happy with the performance of Hope Wilke in the discus throw. Although finishing seventh in the event, Fornander said she improved her previous throw by 15 feet.
“Hope just keeps coming on and keeps getting better,” said Fornander.
Both North Platte squads will travel to Grand Island on Wednesday for the Grand Island Invitational.
Following are the girl’s team results:
1 Millard West, 121; 2 Kearney, 95; 3 Scottsbluff, 88.33; 4 Northwest, 81; 5 York, 56; 6 Grand Island, 27.33; 7 North Platte, 22.33; 8 Gering, 19; 9 Hastings, 13; 10 Alliance, 4.
Following are the girl’s individual results:
100m dash: 1 Erin Sorahan (NW) 12.68; 4 Madison Raska (NP) 13.05
200m dash: 1 Hannah Fowler (MW) 26.30
400m dash: 1 Erin Lee (YRK) 61.70
800m run: 1 Shae Spady (MW) 2:25.73
1600m run: 1 Sidney Hirsch (MW) 5:20.71
3200m run: 1 Sidney Hirsch (ME) 11:18.25
100m hurdles: 1 Chesney Walker (SBF) 15.74
300m hurdles: 1 Chesney Walker (SBF) 47.60
4x100m relay: 1 Millard West (Anna Wagemann, Sydny Harris, Megan Wilson, Hannah Fowler) 50.91
4x400m relay: 1 York (Dacia Stuhr, Erin Lee, Taylor Dadavy, Veronica Botts) 4:09.93
4x800m relay: 1 York (Emma Grenfell, Veronica Botts, Dacia Stuhr, Erin Lee) 9:52.30
High jump: 1 Kendra Coslor (KRNY) 5-01.00
Pole vault: 1 Allexis Menghini (NP) 11-03.00; 5 Tori Kurth (NP) 8-09.00; 6 Rachel Kosmacek (NP) 8-03.00
Long jump: 1 Erin Sorahan (NW) 17-06.00; 3 Allexis Menghini (NP) 16-03.75
Triple jump: 1 Kelsey Wiemers (KRNY) 34-02.50
Shot put: 1 Zoey Rada (SBF) 36-07.50
Discus throw: 1 SteaVen Becker (SBF) 115-10
Following are the boy’s team results:
1 Scottsbluff, 113; 2 Grand Island, 82; 3 North Platte, 76; 4 Alliance, 74; 5 Hastings, 72; 6 Northwest, 40; 7 Gering, 34; 7 York, 34
Following are the boy’s individual results:
100m dash: 1 Luke Worden (SBF) 10.90
200m dash: 1 Mitch Pancost (ALL) 22.50
400m dash: 1 Tyler Ripperger (HST) 50.40
800m run: 1 Ben Willis-Teff (SBF) 2:00.35
1600m run: 1 Trevor Rosno (HST) 4:40.15; 2 Wyatt McGuire (NP) 4:41.96; 3 Ace Haws (NP) 4:46.60
3200m run: 1 Wyatt McGuire (NP) 10:03.60; 3 Ace Haws (NP) 10:16.10
110m hurdles: 1 Matthew D. Klein (SBF) 15.16; 3 Caleb Dodge (NP) 15.21
300m hurdles: 1 Matthew D. Klein (SBF) 41.30; 5 Caleb Dodge (NP) 42.30
4x100 relay: 1 Grand Island, 44.08 (Braden Knuth, Taylor Jones, Jacob Cornelius, Jake Mayer); North Platte, 47.75 (Grant Holscher, Jacob Zimbelman, Austin Chitty, Alec Wesslund)
4x400 relay: 1 Alliance, 3:28.00 (Gaige Lehl, Keagan Hill, Cody Robinson, Mitch Pancost)
4x800 relay: 1 York, 8:46.69 (Dalton Obermier, Ty Danielson, Cade Zumpfe, Caleb Magner); 5 North Platte (Joe Godfrey, Miles Creel, Dale Ragle, Gilbert Seck)
High jump: 1 Ben Clausen (HST) 6-03.00; 3 Drew Callaghan (NP) 6-00.00; 6 Shane Mauch (NP) 5-06.00
Pole vault: 1 Kevin Cahoy (GI) 14-03.00; 3 Evan Lamphear (NP) 13-09.00,6 Marcos Avalos (NP) 12-03.00
Long jump: 1 Mitch Pancost (ALL) 22-01.75; 3 Evan Lamphear (NP) 20-11.00; 6 Caleb Dodge (NP) 20-08.75
Triple jump: 1 Caleb Dodge (NP) 43-05.00
Shot put: 1 Jon Maag (SBF) 50-05.00
Discus throw: 1 Eric Gawrych (HST) 154-07; 4 Chase Hohnholt (NP) 137-06