Gentry Scrivener won a pair of throwing events, and Eric Brown topped the pole vault field Thursday, April 7 in Atchison, Kan.
The three victories lifted North Platte to a third place finish in the Atchison Invitational, the Panthers’ best showing in the early part of the season. They totaled 100½ points, just 12 ½ out of second in the eight-team field.
Scrivener, a senior, continued his strong start with wins in shot put (12.43 meters) and the discus (38.60 meters). Brown, also a senior, won the pole vault at 3.20 meters, beating out freshman teammate Tyler Meadows in the competition.
Corbin Green (200 meters, 25.38 seconds) added a runner-up finish for North Platte.
West Platte’s Jan Farkas finished just .02 back of Green for a third place finish in the 200.
Daniel Cicha came in second in both the 1,600 (5:12.64) and 3,200 (11:16.82) for two of West Platte’s three individual runner-up showings. Brayan Rodriguez was second in the 110 hurdles.
In the 4x800, West Platte’s team of Daniel Cicha, Andrew Cicha, Max Davies and Jaime Portoles also placed second, about 3 seconds in front of North Platte’s Caleb Crumley, Meadows, Dylan Stockman and Brown.
Andrew Cicha was third in the 3,200 behind his older brother, and Dylan Lock placed third in the 400, helping West Platte score 80 points and finish fourth.
The West Platte girls were second overall, well back of host Atchison for the title.
Rachel Heili (800, 2:40.81), Patti Callahan (triple jump, 9.52 meters) and Sydney Oberdiek (shot put, 10.03 meters and discus, 35.66 meters) won events for the Bluejays. Oberdiek headed a 1-2-4 finish for West Platte in the shot put with senior Jessica Lintner second in front of North Platte senior Mackenze Daniel.
Oberdiek also placed second in the javelin with North Platte’s Brittney Gerling third.
Ciara Davies (400) and Lea Moose (pole vault) also posted runner-up finishes, while Moose added a third in the 3,200 along with Emily Norman in the 300 hurdles. Norman beat out North Platte’s Bailee Romaker for third, reversing their finishes from the 110 hurdles.
North Platte’s Maddie Lee tied with Moose for second in the pole vault, while Callie Pataluna came in inches back of Callahan in the triple jump for the Panthers. Pataluna also placed second in the long jump.
Brant Downey Invitational
West Platte’s girls posted their first runner-up finish of the week Tuesday, April 5 in Lathrop, Mo.
Heili won the 1,600 in 5:55.83, while Oberdiek finished first in the shot put at 36 feet even for the Bluejays’ two victories. Oberdiek also came in second in the discus and javelin, although the latter didn’t count toward the team standings. Davies (400) and Norman (300 hurdles) also posted runner-up showings.
Norman was also third in the 100 hurdles in a season-best 18.12, running out of a slower heat. Moose also placed third in the 3,200.
West Platte’s top relay finish came in the 4x800, second for Heili, Lindsey Goodwin, Gretchen Hiatt and Lauren Moose. The Bluejays totaled 116½ points overall, five in front of KCI Conference rival Lathrop for the second spot.
North Platte’s relays highlighted their sixth-place showing (52 points, two back of Mid-Buchanan for a spot on the top five).
The 4x100 and 4x400 both posted runner-up showings. Roach came in second in the high jump (5-0) for the Panthers’ best individual showing, while Daniel was third in the shot put and discus.
North Platte’s Jonathan Collins won the javelin at 133-0 for the Panthers’ only win on the day. They were eighth out of 16 teams in the final boys standings.
Scrivener came in second in the shot put (45-8), while Brown was third in the pole vault (10-0).
West Platte’s boys were tied for 13th with Farkas third in the 200. The 4x800 team of Daniel Cicha, Max Davies, Gavin Raney and Lock also collected a third-place finish.