Platte County girls take 2nd at conference meet

GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Kearney swept the team titles at the Suburban Conference Blue Division on Wednesday, May 2 at Grandview High School.

Platte County finished well behind the Bulldogs in both the boys and girls title races with Platte County taking second on the girls side with 136 points, 62 behind Kearney. The boys finished third with 126 points, 45 behind the Bulldogs and 13 behind hosts Grandview, which took second.

Platte County won six events, four on the boys side including a relay win.

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The Pirates took home first in the 4x800 relay team (Devin Richardson, Dakota Simmons, Keegan Cordova and Evan McPhatter) running a 8 minute 27.61 second race to edge Kearney by less than a half second. Nick Bjustrom provided a pair of wins on his own. The junior won the 3,200 (10:35.41) and the 1,600 (4:40.13) runs, narrowly holding off Belton’s Kory Snyder in the shorter discipline, winning by .34 seconds. Evan Edwards finished third in the 3,200 (10:40.56)

Erin Straubel provided a sweep of the 3,200 run for the Pirates with teammate Lauren Johnson coming in second, 40 seconds behind the Colorado Christian signee who marked a 12:13.19 and Lindsay Johnson grabbing third (13:32.89). Isabelle Geddes won the other girls events, claiming the 300-meter hurdles. Geddes won the first of two heats with a 46.60 race and watched as her time survived by .09 seconds after the second heat over Amyah Davis of Winnetonka. Geddes, the Pirates hurdling specialist, claimed third in the 100 hurdles (16.95).

Senior John Watts rounded out the winning ways for Platte County after he claimed the high jump crown (6-2). He also took second in the long jump 21-5¼ and third in the 400 (49.38).

Straubel finished second in the 1-mile run, missing the conference crown by five seconds (5:39.30). Baylea Jones of Kearney took the win (5:34.20).

 Other podium finishes included a third-place showing in the 400 from Haley Luna, and a host of field event successes for the Pirates.

PJ Curray finished third in the triple jump (33-5). Jacob Laures (12-9) on the boys side and Abbie Schweider and Jaycie Call — who tied (8-6) of the girls side each finished second in the pole vault.

Dakota Schmidt collected a third-place showing in the javelin (149-5). Addison Long likewise collected a bronze in the newest MSHSAA sanctioned event tossing the javelin 106-0. Shayla Kohler grabbed a third-place medal in the discus with a toss of 101-11.