North Platte’s Wyatt McGuire ran to first place Friday in an all-class cross country meet in Colorado Springs, besting nearly 1,500 runners.
McGuire toured the 5-kilometer course in a fraction over 17 minutes – 17:00.4. That time is the best time yet in the two-year-old Cheyenne Mountain Stampede.
McGuire is a junior.
The course starts at 6,000 feet and climbs another 400 feet along a mountainside.
“It’s a beautiful course, but it’s challenging,” North Platte cross country Coach Dennis Fornander said. “These are the best runners Colorado has to offer.”
The Bulldogs finished 14th in their class (4A) of 30 other teams. McGuire was 30 seconds in front in the 4A class and his time was 0.2 seconds faster than the 5A winner. The largest schools in Colorado are in 5A.
The Lady Dawgs finished 19th against 29 teams in their class. Libby Burrows was the top North Platte runner, finishing 46th on the 5K course in a time of 23:53.2.
“The girls ran tough and did a good job,” Fornander said. “We’re happy with the first meet of the season.”
North Platte Boys
50. Ace Haws - 19:56.4
87. Christian Bradley - 20:38.4
93. Joe Godfrey - 20:48.3
111. Marcus Miller - 21:20
122. Gilbert Seck - 20:33.4
135. Deion Oliver - 22:04.8
North Platte Girls
46. Libby Burrows - 23:53.2
86. Vicki Tockey - 25:23.6
123. Mirah Wilcox - 26:58.2
128. Kayla Dotson - 27:10.4
131. Rikki Drews - 27:17.1
140. McKenna Miller - 22:39.9