North Platte Cross Country takes place in the fall and is full of lots of fun. We have a great family atmosphere, commitment from each athlete, and strive to be the best in all we do. We race on golf courses of varied terrain and train in parks, out in the country, and run through town. We are a sport of variety and enjoy spending time together to work hard and get better.
North Platte Cross Country has had a rich tradition over the years. North Platte has had numerous state qualifiers, medalists, and state meet appearances. The boys team has had 5 state champions (Wyatt McGuire, A/2013, Brady McGuire, A/2009; Brad Sable, A/1977;
Jon Martens, A/1973; Dan Speck, A/1969) and the girls team has had three team state championships (1980, 1981, 1982).
This past season the North Platte girls team qualified for the state meet and finished 10th place as a team. This was the first top ten finish for the lady bulldogs in over two decades. The girls also earned a runner-up finish in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Championships this fall.
The boys also had a successful season competing hard and had several top five finishes in the meets including a fourth place finish at conference and a fifth place finish at state. Joel Bradley also qualified individually for the state meet, becoming the first North Platte boy to do so since 2013.
Returning State Qualifiers:
August 29th - Blue-Gold-White Scrimmage
September 7th - Cozad Invitational
September 12th - Kearney Invitational
September 17th - McCook Invitational
September 24th - Grand Island Invitational
September 30th - University of Nebraska-Kearney Invitational
October 3rd - Gothenburg Invitational
October 11th - Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Championships - North Platte
October 17th - District Championships
October 25th - NSAA State Championships
Jake took over as head coach for the North Platte Bulldogs Boy's and Girl's Cross Country programs in 2018. In addition to coaching cross country, he teaches physical education at Adams Middle School. Prior to being head coach for the bulldogs, Jake spent two years as assistant cross country coach in Gering, Nebraska. Before beginning coaching and teaching career, he attended college at York College where he ran cross country and track for four years. Jake is a North Platte High School graduate and bleeds blue and gold. "Being a member of the cross country program in North Platte while in high school showed me what a great program it is and a fun family atmosphere. The kids at North Platte strive to get better each day and make everyday a great experience." .
Coach Becker started coaching NPHS Cross Country in 2017. She teaches physical education at Lake Maloney and Osgood Elementary.