North Platte High School boys' track and field coach Mike McGuire left the Buffalo Bill Invitational on Saturday feeling better than he did last year.A year ago, the Bulldogs tied Hastings for the team title in their annual home meet and McGuire equated it to "kissing your sister". This year, North Platte won it outright with a total of 103 points, 15 better than second place Gering.
"I'm just really proud of our guys," he said. "On paper, we were not the favorites going in. So I really felt we stepped up to get this win and we overachieved."
NPHS won four events on the day and three of them were by senior Trevon Weaver, who won the 100 and 200 meter events, as well as the long jump.
Weaver ran the 100 in 11.08 seconds and the 200 at 22.51. In the long jump, Weaver had a distance of 22'3 3/4".
McGuire said Weaver went above and beyond the call of duty in helping the Dawgs get first place.
"He was a workhorse," he said. "We normally don't have guys compete in four events but with him being a senior and his last Buffalo Bill, we had him do it. He was certainly the class of the sprints."
The other win came from freshman Kaden Ross, who won the triple jump at 41'0".
McGuire said he was pleased with Ross and fellow freshman Joel Bradley, who got fourth in the 1600 meters, for stepping up in their first Buffalo Bill Invite.
"Kaden Ross wins the triple jump as a freshman and he got a Super Dog, which is a mark we set for the team to reach," he said. "Joel Bradley was another freshman who got a Super Dog today."
North Platte had four second place finishes with two in individual events and two in the relays. Jacob Harvey was second in the pole vault, as was Payton Smith in the high jump.
The 400 meter relay, led by Weaver, was edged out by a tenth of a second by Grand Island Northwest. The 3200 relay also finished second.
But McGuire said what was a big key for his team was the lower places that also scored points.
"We talk a lot about the returning state qualifiers and what they did but what about everybody else being fourth, fifth and sixth," he said. "There are 17 events in track and field and we scored in 15 of them. PRs are a big deal for us because as long as the kids are getting better, that's all we can ask for. We had a ton of those today."
North Platte girls eighth
The North Platte High School girls finished eighth at the Buffalo Bill with 14 points.
Kearney ran away with the meet with 178 points. GI Northwest was second with 98 points.
NPHS girls' track coach Scott Mollring said it was still a positive day.
"We weren't worried about the team standings," he said. "I think the girls did a great job because we had a lot of girls outperform their seed. Whether we brought home medals or not and throw in the tough team score, we got better today."
The triple jump was the best event for the Lady Bulldogs. Avah Jacobson finished in fourth place and Peyton Negley was just behind her in fifth.