West Platte took first place in the boys division at the North Platte 2-miler held on Tuesday, Sept. 4 in Dearborn.
The Bluejays had three runners in the top 20 to take home the title by 13 points over the host Panthers, which had four in the top 20.
Phillip Pattison won the individual title for the Bluejays by running 11 minutes, 28.5 seconds, getting a close victory over Mound City’s Lane Zembles.
Freshman Charlie Kinslow was third for West Platte, followed by sophomore Ryan Pattison in ninth and freshman Sam Bartee in 16th.
North Platte’s top finisher was freshman Josh Schaffart, who took sixth. Tyler Davis placed eighth and Danny Fleshman was 11th. Jakob Scroggins took 15th place for the Panthers.
The girls championship was won by St. Joseph Christian with 38 points, three less than West Platte and North Platte.
West Platte’s Sophia Rush and Lexi Elmore finished 4th and 5th, respectively. Bella Clark was 10th and Gaia Carugati took 15th for West Platte. Freshman Addison Rinehart placed 19th.
North Platte’s Savannah Lingle taking sixth and Jenna Cassity and Jessa Cassity crossed two seconds apart, taking eighth and ninth place. Alaina Scroggins (12th) and Maddi O’Neil (14th) also had top 20 showings for the Panthers.
St. Mary’s Invitational
North Platte and West Platte both trekked to Lee’s Summit on Saturday, Sept. 7 for the 47th annual St. Mary’s Invitational held at St. Michael the Archangel High School.
Phillip Pattison kept his win streak alive by taking first again and helped the Bluejays take second place in the event.
Pattison won in 18:20, a one-second winning margin against Charlie Hill of Bishop Miege.
Charlie Kinslow was second again for West Platte, taking third place for the second race in a row and Ryan Pattison finished 20th.
Bishop Miege won the boys title with 59 points, followed by West Platte with 94.
Due to injury, West Platte only ran four varsity runners in the girls’race and didn’t get a team score.
Lexi Elmore took 10th place, followed by Bella Clark in 23rd place.
The North Platte girls also didn’t have a team score but had four in the top 20. Jessa Cassity led the way by placing 13th in 23:46. Savannah Lingle (16th), Jenna Cassity (19th) and Alaina Scroggins (20th) followed closely behind.
St. Pius X won the girls’ title, while Grace Meyer of Bishop Miege was the individual champion.
North Platte boys were eighth overall. Freshman Josh Schaffart was the highest finisher by placing 17th, the highest Panther in the top 30.
West Platte returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Ray-Pec Invitational, starting at 9 a.m. North Platte runs again on Tuesday, Sept. 17 in Cameron.
Both teams will learn what class and district they will be assigned to this fall on Friday, Sept. 13.