By BRETT MARSHALL
There were many highlights for the Garden City High School track and field teams at Friday's Buhler Invitational.
First, the weather cooperated, and the location of the school's track facility provided a big barrier from any wind that might have been blowing in the central Kansas town.
Second, the Lady Buffs brought home the team championship, edging runner-up Winfield by three points (104-101), while the Buffs' boys were second, finishing well back of Class 5A defending state champion and Western Athletic Conference nemesis Hays High. The Buffs had 104.5 points, but the Indians amassed 177 to easily win the meet. Thirteen teams competed in the meet, and the Buffs' boys finished ahead of WAC rivals Dodge City (50.5) and Great Bend (29.5), while the Lady Buffs were in front of the same two schools (Dodge City with 96 and Great Bend with 11.5).
"We had a ton of PRs (personal records) and considering we had hardly been out on the track this week to train, I thought the kids competed really well," GCHS coach Mike Smith said. "They have a great facility there and it really made for an enjoyable day of competition for the kids. Hays' boys just have so much depth, it makes it difficult."
On the boys side, Jonathan DuVall established a meet record of 38.94 in the 300-meter hurdles, only the second time he's eclipsed the 39.0 second barrier in the event. But he came up just .05 of a second shy in the 110-meter hurdle event, as Hays' Adam Deterding, the 5A state champion, clocked a 14.7 to DuVall's 14.75.
"It's about as close as you can get," Smith said of the hurdle race.
On the girls side, junior Alex Miller established a meet record in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:33.86 while improving on her previous season best by nearly 30 seconds. She also claimed the 1,600-meters in 5:26.1. In each of those two events, Katy Doll finished second, running a 5:30.38 in the 1,600 and 11:43.58 in the 3,200. Her time in the 3,200 was nine seconds better than her previous season best.
The 4x800-meter relay team of Kayla and Katy Doll, Miller and Savannah Peters ran 9:57.14 and set another meet mark.
"The girls continue to run extremely well in the distance events and produced a lot of points for us," Smith said.
Kayla Doll had a photo-finish runner-up placing in the 800-meter run, as she was clocked in 2:22.27, losing on a lean at the finish by Courtney Griffiths of Winfield, who had a 2:22.18 mark.
Brett Cady had his best vault of the season, clearing 13-6 to edge teammate Aaron Vasquez, who also cleared 13-6, but had more misses. DuVall had another runner-up in the long jump, soaring 21-1.50 and losing by just two inches to Buhler's Riley Allen.
The girls 4x400-meter relay team of Taryn Tempel, Kayla Doll, Taylor Linenberger and Neysa Harman garnered a second-place finish with a time of 4:12.91 in another close race, as Maize South won with a time of 4:12.16. The boys' 4x100-meter relay team of Greyson and Dusty Tempel, DuVall and Vasquez also experienced a nail-biter, taking second in 43.84 ,while Buhler won in 43.82 seconds. The boys 4x400-meter relay team of Cady, Spencer Delgado, Chris Adler and Dusty Tempel captured third in 3:32.32.
Greyson Tempel captured third in the 100-meter dash in 11.4 seconds, while brother Dusty Tempel had a pair of thirds in the 200-meters with a time of 23.3 seconds and long jump with a leap of 20-9.
The track teams are idle until Friday when they travel to the Hutchinson Invitational.
Results in Scoreboard, Page D2.