By BRETT MARSHALL
Garden City High School's girls cross country team dominated Saturday's Class 6A regional meet at Wichita's Cessna Activity Center, as juniors Alex Miller, Kayla Doll and Chelsea Jackson finished 1-2-3 to pace the Lady Buffs to a regional title with just 27 points.
Runner-up Derby was a distant second with 76 points and Wichita East third with 81 points.
Miller, who has been the top runner for the Lady Buffs nearly all season, was clocked in 15:29 for the 4-kilometer race while Doll finished in 15:40 and Jackson in 15:59.
Katy Doll was eighth with a time of 16:09 while Maria Rodriguez was 13th (16:40), Neysa Harman 14th (16:44) and Savannah Peters 17th (17:00) to round out the team's strong showing.
The Lady Buffs, who finished seventh as a team at the 2011 Class 6A state meet, will try to improve on that performance at Saturday's state meet to be run at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence.
Seniors Jacob Thomas and Jalen Rowland also qualified for the Buffs' boys squad with 7th and 11th place finishes, respectively. The GCHS boys team, though, placed fourth with 89 points while Dodge City (39), Wichita South (79) and Derby (80) took the team qualifying spots.
Thomas had a time of 17:15 for the 5-kilometer race while Rowland was timed in 17:22.
The remaining boys performances included Cody Nagel in 17th (17:42), Aaron Peters in 25th (17:55), Chris Resley 29th (18:13), Brett Cady 33rd (18:27) and Heath Winkelman 41st (18:54).
"We're certainly happy how well the girls ran," GCHS coach Krista Linenberger said. "They've just continued to work hard, run well, and we're looking forward to running at state. "
The GCHS boys soccer team has earned the No. 1 seed in the Class 6A South Central regional pairings announced on Saturday.
The Buffaloes (14-2-0) will host Wichita Southeast (4-12-0) in a 6 p.m. Tuesday opening-round game at Buffalo Stadium. A victory by the Buffs would put them into the Regional 1 title game at 6 p.m. Thursday at home against the Derby-Hutchinson winner.
vs. Hutchinson (10-5-1) game, also scheduled for Tuesday at Derby.
In other South Central regional pairings, it will be Wichita East (12-4-0) vs. Haysville-Campus (4-11-0) and Wichita Northwest (11-5-0) vs. Dodge City (7-8-1) in Regional 2 while in Regional 3, it will be Maize (11-4-1) vs. Wichita South (6-9-1) and Wichita North (10-4-2) vs. Wichita Heights (7-8-1).