Two records fall at Pirates’ home track meet

Platte County set a pair of records and claimed first place in the Platte County Invitational held Tuesday, April 24, at Pirate Stadium.

The boys won the title behind seven championships and two school records, tallying 173 points.

The girls were second with 110½ , coming in behind Kearney in the standings in the 12-team meet.

Senior John Watts had a hand in four firsts for the Pirates, winning two individual events and in two of the three relays that Platte County won.

 Platte County’s Karleigh Wise lands in a sand pit during the long jump at the Platte County Invitational on Tuesday, April 24 at Pirate Stadium.

Platte County’s Karleigh Wise lands in a sand pit during the long jump at the Platte County Invitational on Tuesday, April 24 at Pirate Stadium.

Watts, a Missouri Southern signee, won the 400 in 51 seconds and won the long jump by nearly two feet with his jump of 21-7.

Watts ran the anchor leg on both the 4x200 (1:31.60) and the 4x400 (3:30.23) to give the Pirates first. On the 4x200, he was joined by Blake Reynolds, Matthew Phillips and Julian Palmore. Phillips, Devin Richardson and Will Hay joined him on the 4x400.

The 4x100 team of Reynolds, Dakota Schmidt, Cupp and Palmore ran 44.27 to take first.

Keegan Cordova set a school record in the 800, running 1:58.46 to take first place — ahead of teammate Evan McPhatter.

The final championship on the boys came from Michael Smith, winning the shot put with a heave of 45 feet, 5 inches. Kevin Fagan was third for the Pirates.

Platte County had four second: Blake Reynolds in the 200; Will Hay in the 300-meter hurdles; Peyton Stoner in discus and Jacob Laures in the pole vault.

Nick Bjustrum took third in the 1,600 and Jackson Letcher was third in the 3,200. In the 4x800, Bjustrom, Dakota Simmons, McPhatter and Richardson took third.

Schmidt was fourth in the javelin and set a school record with a throw of 157-7.

The Pirates had two champions on the girls side.

Freshman Haley Luna won the 400 in 1:02.44, while senior Lauren Johnson took first in the 3,200 (12:42.43), ahead of teammate Lindsay Johnson, who was third.

Luna was part of the 4x400 relay team with Aly Anderson, Isabelle Geddes and PJ Curry, which took second, running 4:19.02.

Geddes added two individual seconds in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Karleigh Wise was second in the 200 dash.

The girls side had a trio of thirds in field events. Jaycie Stubbs in the shot put and Julia Jurgensmeyer and Jaycie Call tied for third in the pole vault.