West Platte track sweeps home invitational team titles

West Platte swept the team titles at its home meet Tuesday, April 11 behind a standout performance from the distance events.

On the boys side, Max Davies, a sophomore, set a personal best in the 1,600-meter run at 4 minutes, 47.18 seconds — good enough to beat Northland Christian’s Blake Wilson by about a second. Davies then pulled the sweep, grabbing the 3,200 title in 10:38.69 with junior teammate Andrew Cicha in third.

West Platte ended up totaling 122½ points to beat rival North Platte by 10½.

Depth played a factor for West Platte with Cole Whalen the only other runner-up, placing second in the javelin with a personal best of 119 feet, 2 inches. Cole Vandel came in third in the 300 hurdles.

North Platte junior Corbin Green was second in the 100 (11.59) and triple jump (38-4¼). He also ran on the winning 4x400 team with Van French, Will Morse and Caleb Crumley, who took fourth in the 800.

Tyler Meadows, a sophomore, also posted a runner-up showing for North Platte, clearing 10-0 in the pole vault.

On the girls side, West Platte’s 4x800 team of Lindsay Goodin, Lea Moose, Rachel Heili and Sikoya Richard — the Class 2 Missouri State Track and Field Championships runner-up a year ago — shaved about 16 seconds off their season-best time to beat DeKalb. Richard took second in the 800.

Ciara Davies, Kathryn Layton, Faith Stevens and Goodwin gave West Platte two winning relays, closing the meet with a victory in the 4x400. Sydney Oberdiek, the Bluejays standout senior thrower, picked up the only individual wins, taking the discus (108-5) and shot put (35-2) while placing second in the javelin.

West Platte totaled 128 team points and beat Mid-Buchanan by 15. North Platte ended up eighth out of 11 teams with junior Gracie Roach winning the high jump at 4-10.