GCCC XC runs well; Lady Busters dropped by Saints
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
It was a bittersweet day for the Busters in Hays for the Fort Hays State Invitational on Saturday morning. On one hand, many of the top runners for both the men's and women's teams ran well. On the other, so did many of the other teams who placed higher in the standings.
"It's kind of a mixed bag of emotions," said first-year head coach Ryan Turner. "Our top three guys all ran outstanding."
Yet, it wasn't enough to place the Busters where Turner had hoped. The Busters finished with 280 points for ninth out of the 22 teams.
Alfredo Lebron paced the Busters, finishing the 8-kilometer run in 25 minutes, 15.5 seconds for 23rd. Babiker Babiker was next in 42nd, with a time of 25:42.1, followed by Anthony Hamilton, who came in 61st at 26:03.5.
All three times were the runners' season and personal bests, Turner said.
To round out scoring for the men, Jose Zavala came in at 26:15.3 for 70th, and Fidel Munoz was 84th, with a time of 27:03.9.
"We can't help it that other people ran well, too," Turner said. "I'm so happy with our performance."
Tyler Eddings, who has missed the last three events to illness, returned to run at Fort Hays; however, halfway through, Turner said he began to wear down, leaving him in 99th at 27:30.4. Eddings is usually the Busters' No. 3 runner, Turner said.
On the women's side, the Lady Busters only had four runners — Jenny Boroughs, Anahy Castro, Jaden Bolmer and Karla Perez, leaving the team without a team score.
Boroughs placed well individually, taking 71st in the 5K with a time of 19:57.15. Castro was close behind in 88th at 20:27.03. Both times also were personal bests, Turner said.
Bolmer placed 123rd, finishing in 21:44.38 and Perez was 166th at 27:00.78.
After two straight heartbreaking 3-2 losses with extra-point fifth sets, the Lady Busters lost in straight sets to Seward County on Saturday afternoon at the Perryman Athletic Complex.
"It could have been (a hangover)," said head coach Harvey Sanders after the loss. "We saw some things I thought were gone — not paying attention, making errors, things like that."
Despite the Lady Busters (3-8, 5-16) opening strong with an 8-3 lead in the first set, the Lady Saints (8-3, 18-12) cruised to the 25-16, 25-21, 25-20 win.
"We didn't stop fighting," the first-year coach said. "We just couldn't fight through ourselves."
After the quick start in the opening set, leading 8-3 but eventually passed at 12-11, the Lady Busters only led once more for the entire match — 3-2 at the start of the second set.
The Lady Busters head back on the road Wednesday for a 6:30 p.m. match against Hutchinson. They don't return home until Oct. 22, when they will take on Colby in the final home contest of the regular season.